Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Eulogy "In Memorandum Entry for Esau Brooks"

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Title

Eulogy "In Memorandum Entry for Esau Brooks"

Description

This eulogy written in the "In Memorandum" section of the Fall 1957 Messenger notes the death and service of Esau Brooks, a black athletic trainer and staff member at the University. The piece demonstrates a great deal of admiration for its subject and shares accounts of his excellence in maintaining the University grounds and physical training care for athletes. It accounts his death by fire in his home off Ridge Road and his funeral at Mount Vernon Baptist Church. The memorial reflects a paternalistic relationship between white students and a long time black staff member. Of note, at the end of the second paragraph: "From these deeds all athletes learned to love the old darkey in the beat-up baseball cap and tee shirt." Brooks was 62, and had worked at the University of Richmond for 43 years until his death in a fire in 1957, with the exception of World War I, where he served and received the French Croix de Guerre for battlefield action. Alongside the piece is an illustration of Brooks. 

Source

Leonard, Charles "Snookie." “Esau Brooks 1895-1957.” The Messenger 84, no. 1 (Fall 1957): 46-47. University Archives, RG 24 Student Publications. Virginia Baptist Historical Society.

Publisher

The Messenger, University of Richmond

Date

1957

Contributor

Gabby Kiser
Leslie Stevens

Language

English

Type

Identifier

Messenger84.1.46-1957.pdf

Coverage

Richmond (Va.)

Files

Citation

Leonard, Charles "Snookie", “Eulogy "In Memorandum Entry for Esau Brooks",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed December 11, 2019, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/125.