Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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In this oral history interview, Beth Marschak (W'72) sat down with Jisu Song ('22) and Shira Greer ('22) on June 17, 2019 at University of Richmond Downtown. Over the course of the one hour interview, Marschak talks about growing up in the city of…

This editorial, written by student Scott Shepard, explains the history and lore behind the traditionally Southern and corn-based dish referred to as “grits”. After describing the dish’s contents, he goes on to illustrate how grits…

This 1949 yearbook features the Confederate Spider mascot, at the start of each section. In this particular photo there is a replica of the confederate spider pointing to the deanery, for the "Administration" section of the yearbook.

An advertisement in theCollegian for the Spider Club, a "booster organization of all sports at the University of Richmond," features the Confederate spider mascot at the four corners of the advertisement. The mascot, created by college shop…

This article highlights an incident in which the Richmond College Junior Class Cabinet was made to stop selling t-shirts featuring the Confederate spider mascot. Director of Administrative Services Louie Love said that the spider dressed in…

This article reports that the University Student Government Association (USGA) was hoping that the majority of University of Richmond students and employees would approve a new version of the spider mascot, who at the time had been wearing a…

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…

This article describes the debut of a new University of Richmond mascot, which had been absent from sporting event for 20 years according to the article. (In 1948, students in Lambda Chi Alpha constructed a mascot with help from outside manufacturers…

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.

This article describes the creation of a full-size mascot costume modeled after the "new look" Richmond Spider created by Student Shop proprietor Buddy Mayo earlier in the fall 1948 semester.The article describes the new look spider as having "called…
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