Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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These are several images of the 1965 May Day celebration. In the top left image, a woman can be seen dancing around a maypole. Dancing around the maypole was based on the ancient belief that it would bring fertility to the crops as well as the women.…

In 1970, the Westhampton College Senate voted to end the ratting program. The Senate committee had conducted a study of the ratting program that found that students, faculty, and alumni favored an end to ratting. They proposed that ratting may be…

This announcement says that the first meeting of the Women's Lifestyle Committee will be on September 20th. It states that the purpose of the committee is "understanding men and women as partners in humanity rather than as rivals in their sexes." The…

This article looks back on the rules for men and women at the University of Richmond during the first half of the 20th century. The men's rules apply to "ratting" or a freshman hazing event in which freshmen "rats are full-time pledges to…

This is a "rat cap" that a Richmond College freshmen wore during "rat week." Rat Week was a hazing event for freshman that commonly involved racist imagery and Lost Cause ideology.

This is a "rat cap" that a Westhampton College freshmen wore in during "rat week." Rat Week was a hazing event for freshman that commonly involved racist imagery and Lost Cause ideology.

This is a "rat cap" that a Richmond College freshmen wore in 1941 during "rat week." Rat Week was a hazing event for freshman that commonly involved racist imagery and Lost Cause ideology.

This is a "rat cap" that a Richmond College freshmen wore in 1940 during "rat week." Rat Week was a hazing event for freshman that commonly involved racist imagery and Lost Cause ideology.

A photo in the 1978 yearbook shows a banner for the Women Lifestyle Committee's annual "Lifestyles Conference," which was held from January 27-29 in the winter of 1978. The theme of 1978 was "Partners in Humanity." The Women's Lifestyle Committee was…

This article is subtitled "Blondes Take Honors in May Day Voting at Westhampton." It also says, "The one brunette is Alice Torbeck..." The article appears to highlight that the women's hair color is their most important attribute. May Day was a…
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