University of Richmond Race & Racism Project

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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…

Photographed by J.W. Buck, this image from the 1897 edition of the yearbook The Spider depicts the cast of the theatrical production "Darkest Africa". A majority of the all-male white cast is in blackface.

This image, appearing on a page titled "The Glee Club" in the 1897 University of Richmond yearbook The Spider, shows a white european man playing the flute for a racist caricature of a person with monkey-like features, who covers his ears in…
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