Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This photograph, which accompanied information about various University of Richmond sporting events for the week, is captioned: "Spider Man is latest attraction at UR's home games, courtesy of the art students. Richmond's next home game is a week…

The cover of the 1949 yearbook,The Web, features the Confederate Spider mascot, developed by Student Shop manager Buddy Mayo in 1948. The Confederate Spider wears a Confederate military uniform and hat, and carries a sword.

During the fall semester of 1948, Buddy Mayo, the manager of the Student Shop, announced that the University of Richmond Spider, the "official University emblem," was receiving a new look to coincide with the "new football outlook and as an added…

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…
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