Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

The Spider 1897 "Dick Richard"

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The Spider 1897 "Dick Richard"

Description

This short story, appearing in the 1897 edition of the University of Richmond’s yearbook The Spider, details the life of Dick Ricard: a Black boy with a talent for yodeling. Writing in a mocking, paternalistic tone, the author L. R. Hamberlin exclaims that Dick “had no soul” and “at the first opportunity took to crime as a duck to water.” The story concludes with Dick narrowly escaping his sentence to the State penitentiary. A racist caricature of Dick Richards accompanies the short story on page 32.

Source

Virginia Baptist Historical Society, The Spider (1897): 76. Available online via the UR Scholarship Repository.

Publisher

The Spider, University of Richmond

Date

1897

Relation

Language

English

Type

Identifier

Spider.31-1897.pdf

Coverage

Richmond (Va.)

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Citation

Hamberlin, L. R., “The Spider 1897 "Dick Richard",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed November 18, 2019, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/3373.