Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Methuselah Jones [Short Story]

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Title

Methuselah Jones [Short Story]
The Messenger, Volume XLII
Page 308 (1 of 6)

Description

In this six-page short story, the author W.H. Brannock offers a story situated in 1870 about a black man named Methuselah Jones. Throughout this story, the author refers to Methuselah Jones as a "typical country darkey" and "the blackest 'nigger' in Dogtown Hollow." This character of Methuselah Jones is constantly objectified within the story. At times he is even referred to as an object. The racist tone throughout the story reiterates racial stereotypes by portraying Methuselah Jones as uneducated, superstitious, and religious.

Source

Virginia Baptist Historical Society
Richmond, VA

Date

1915-1916

Contributor

Olivia Parisi

Format

Files

Collection

Citation

W.H. Brannock, '16, “Methuselah Jones [Short Story],” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed June 16, 2019, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/183.