Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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These photos from the 1960 yearbook feature "The Web Beauty" Miss Alice Clement and the man who selected her as the most beautiful from a selection of candidates, Mr. Ed Sullivan. Framing the first page and third page is the Confederate Spider…

In this photograph in the 1951 yearbook, four girls can be seen. It seems as if the girls are emulating someone although one cannot be sure. They can be seen enjoying themselves by pouring alcohol and playing cards. The girl on the right corner can…

The advertisement section of the 1952 yearbook shows two pictures of a minstrel show. The students can be seen holding Confederate flags and wearing bow ties with the colors of the confederate flags.

This section of the 1960 Web exhibits an illustration of the Confederate spider mascot. It has the Confederate flag held high in one of its legs and a degree held high in the other.

This picture on the advertisement page shows a group of white students in the middle of performance. Everyone is seen wearing black paint on the face to indicate that their characters are black. Furthermore, a lot of Confederate flags can also be…

The top right photograph was published in The Web 1975 yearbook. It features a group of students at a fraternity social. There is a Confederate flag hanging in the background.

The Administration and Faculty section of the 1960 yearbook shows a cartoon of the Confederate spider. The spider can be seen holding a confederate flag with "U of R" written on its uniform. Similar illustrations can be seen at the beginning of each…

There is an illustration of the Confederate spider in the athletics section page of the 1960 yearbook. It wears a baseball uniform and holds a baseball bat, baseball glove, and a confederate flag. "Confederate Spidey" was the university's…

There is an illustration of the Confederate spider on the classes and student government section page of the 1960 yearbook. In it, the spider holds a diploma and a Confederate flag, and is wearing a mortar board. "Confederate Spidey" was the…

There is an illustration of the Confederate spider on the fraternities section page of the 1960 yearbook. In it, the spider is in a web holding a handgun, a shotgun, a bayonet, and a Confederate flag. "Confederate Spidey" was the university's…
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