Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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An advertisement in theCollegian for the Spider Club, a "booster organization of all sports at the University of Richmond," features the Confederate spider mascot at the four corners of the advertisement. The mascot, created by college shop…

This document is a letter from James V. Larkin, Director of Bands at the University of Richmond, to George M. Modlin, the Chancellor and former President of the University of Richmond. Larkin wrote to Modlin because Modlin and his wife had given…

This letter was sent on September 8, 1971, from Robert F. Smart, the Provost of the University of Richmond, to James V. Larkin, the Director of Bands. Smart wrote to Larkin regarding the issue of majorettes (female dancers), participation in the band…

This letter was sent on November 1, 1971, from Wildman S. Kincheloe to E. Bruce Heilman, the President of the University of Richmond. Kincheloe wrote to Heilman after reading in the Richmond newspapers that the University’s Provost requested that…

This letter to the editor is an explanation from a Richmond College Student Government Association (S.G.A) Senator, Gaston Williams, as to why the Senate voted to restrain the use of the song “Dixie” throughout the University. He states…

A Collegian editorial arguing that many Americans are offended by the Confederate flag and the song "Dixie," since both are symbols of bigotry and racism. During this time, the University of Richmond band would carry the Confederate flag during…

In response to a Collegian article written by Westhampton College student Taylor Daniel (‘06) claiming that the Richmond shield was a symbol of hate related to the Croatian flag from 1941-1945, Richmond College student Patrick Elgin (‘06) refutes…

This document is a report, "Report of the Dean of Students Richmond College and School of Business Administration," written by William E. Baker, Dean of Students, for the 1970-1971 school year. It discussed student activities such as student…

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.
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