Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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During the fall semester of 1948, Buddy Mayo, the manager of the Student Shop, announced that the University of Richmond Spider, the "official University emblem," was receiving a new look to coincide with the "new football outlook and as an added…

ThisCollegian article gives a brief history of the University of Richmond spider mascot. It outlines the three competing origin stories for the "unusual mascot that Richmond students have defended since 1894." Originally, the Richmond team had been…

The bottom photograph on the Rifle Team page features a Confederate Spidey patch next to a NRA (National Rifle Association) safe hunter patch on what is presumably a rifle team uniform. Rather than holding the Confederate flag like in most other…

There is an illustration of the Confederate spider on the first page of the 1960 yearbook. In it, the spider in in a web holding a handgun, a bayonet, a sword, and a Confederate flag. "Confederate Spidey" was the university's "unofficial" mascot from…

The Confederate spider is featured on the cover of the 1960 yearbook. "Confederate Spidey" was the university's "unofficial" mascot from around 1950 to the early 1970s. This yearbook was dedicated to Dr. Solon Cousins.

There is an illustration of the Confederate spider on a Westhampton College senior section page of the 1960 yearbook. It holds a Confederate flag, a diploma and a sword behind his back. He is also wearing a mortar board. "Confederate Spidey" was the…

There is an illustration of the Confederate spider on a Westhampton College senior section page of the 1960 yearbook. It holds a book, Confederate flag, a pencil, and a pointer. "Confederate Spidey" was the university's "unofficial" mascot from…

There is an illustration of the Confederate spider on a Westhampton College senior section page of the 1960 yearbook. It holds a book, Confederate flag, a pencil, and a pointer. "Confederate Spidey" was the university's "unofficial" mascot from…

There is an illustration of the Confederate spider on a Westhampton College senior section page of the 1960 yearbook. It holds a Confederate flag, a diploma and a sword behind his back. He is also wearing a mortar board. "Confederate Spidey" was the…

There is an illustration of the Confederate spider on a Westhampton College senior section page of the 1960 yearbook. It holds a Confederate flag, a diploma and is pointing a finger upwards. "Confederate Spidey" was the university's "unofficial"…
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