Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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In a description of the Richmond social scene, the article says "As the capital of the old confederacy, Richmond has a richness of heritage... The legacy of the War Between the States is an intrinsic part of Richmond. It is manifested in the southern…

The text on the 1961 Kappa Alpha spread explains that it was created at Washington and Lee University in 1865, and is the "only national fraternity which bases its principles upon the life of an actual person—Robert E. Lee." The fraternity "is…

This photo collage in The Web 1980 celebrates the city of Richmond and features various photos such as the Robert E. Lee monument and an aerial view of the Virginia State Capitol and the surrounding area in the section "Looking Back: 150 Years at the…

Members of Kappa Alpha pose in front of the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia for their 1979 yearbook picture.

Fraternity members of Kappa Sigma pose with the Jefferson Davis Memorial on Monument Avenue. Jefferson Davis was president of the Confederate States of America from 1861-1865.

The bottom photograph on the Rifle Team page features a Confederate Spidey patch next to a NRA (National Rifle Association) safe hunter patch on what is presumably a rifle team uniform. Rather than holding the Confederate flag like in most other…

Fraternity members of Kappa Alpha pose with a large Confederate flag. In the background is a picture of Robert E. Lee, who is listed as the 49th member in the bottom right. The description of Kappa Alpha mentions "Dixie", a song often played at…

There is an illustration of the Confederate spider on the first page of the 1960 yearbook. In it, the spider in in a web holding a handgun, a bayonet, a sword, and a Confederate flag. "Confederate Spidey" was the university's "unofficial" mascot from…

The Confederate spider is featured on the cover of the 1960 yearbook. "Confederate Spidey" was the university's "unofficial" mascot from around 1950 to the early 1970s. This yearbook was dedicated to Dr. Solon Cousins.

There is an illustration of the Confederate spider on a Westhampton College senior section page of the 1960 yearbook. It holds a Confederate flag, a diploma and a sword behind his back. He is also wearing a mortar board. "Confederate Spidey" was the…
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