Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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Published in 1919, this Collegian article discussed the address by Secretary McGrew, State YMCA Secretary for the "negro race." The article called the event a "treat" because not many students had heard an "educated negro" speak before or heard him…

This Collegian article discusses the activities at the first annual meeting of the Mu Sigma Rho literary society. One of the activities during the meeting was a debate titled, "The United States government should help to transport Negroes back to…

In the beginning of the 1968 yearbook, a picture can be seen of two African American men. Both the unnamed men seem to be part of the university staff. One of the men can be seen picking leaves from the ground while the other carries a carton filled…

In this photograph in the reflections section of the 1968 yearbook, an African American man can be seen holding a poster. It is unclear from the picture what his role was at the university. The poster that he is holding says, "Dr. Wheeler refuses to…

This advertisement page shows everyday photographs from the University of Richmond. One of these photos is of three unnamed black men who are wearing aprons and chef hats. It seems from their attire that they worked in the dining hall or another…

This picture in the athletics section of the 1951 yearbook shows all the 1950 varsity athletes and coaches. Amongst the coaches, a black man can be seen standing at the left corner. Although only his first name, "Esau," is given, it can be determined…

This picture shows a band of African American men performing at some university event. It was common for the university to invite African American bands to "entertain" faculty and students. Four black men can be seen performing at the front while a…

This picture from the Kappa Sigma fraternity section in The Web shows a greek life party. An African American male can be seen in the middle of the room holding a band bass drum over his head. It is not clear from this picture whether this person is…

In this photograph from the 1952 yearbook, the president of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Warren Long, can be seen in a picture with an African American man. All the people in the photograph can be seen smiling while Warren Long greets a woman…

This page from the Sigma Chi fraternity section shows a man and a woman at what seems to be a fraternity event. In the background, two black men can be seeing playing musical instruments. They seem to be part of the band invited to perform at the…
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