Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This article in the Collegian talks about the organization of a minstrel show by the sophomore class of Westhampton College. It further goes on to talk about the people who were in charge of the arrangements, direction, and the acting.

This article discusses the planning of events for the year 1923 by YMCA. One of the events planned by them is a minstrel show. All the proceeds from the show would help YMCA members attend the annual YMCA conference.

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 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 photograph in the 1952 yearbooks shows three college students wearing black paint on their face, their gender is unclear. It looks like a picture taken either before or after a minstrel show. The students can be seen holding a picture of a…

These photos were published in The Web 1971 yearbook. It is a feature page of the University of Richmond's University Players, the school's theater group. The photos are specifically of the Player's production of The Tempest by William Shakespeare.…

The article details M.Y. MacFarland––also known as "Petros," he was famous for his dialect parts which found him profound success in dramatic productions in Pennsylvania. He performed his first dialect part in the well-known Spanish play,…

President of the 1936 Senior Class, Ruby Parker reports co-ord seniors have decided to hold their annual dance during the Christmas season. She stated further, "arrangements have been made to change dates with the Athletic Association... after having…

Presented by the Senior Class of Westhampton College at the Playhouse on Friday, November 23, 1924, the article reports Mary Mills was selected to be the interlocutor in the upcoming minstrel. The following students were cast as end-men, set to wear…

This article discusses the plans that the Richmond College Glee Club for the school year. The glee club was led by an oratorio tenor and choral teacher in Richmond named Charles Troxell. He conducted many college choirs and church choirs. The…
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