Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This illustration represents the Glee Club, featuring three men in blackface wearing tuxedos and large bow-ties. The man in the center appears to be directing the other two figures, one of whom is holding an instrument. According to the Richmond…

This page shows a short story written about George Reynolds Freedley, Class of 1925. No authorship information is given. The story explains his participation as a "thespian." Author poses the question, "what would our Minstrels do without George,"…

This article referred to as a "Campus Brainstorm" gives students an opportunity to publically voice their ideas regarding entertainment and social activities on campus. The brainstormers stated that they would like to see more minstrel shows from the…

This article discusses the planning of events for the year 1923 by YMCA. One of the events planned by them is a minstrel show. All the proceeds from the show would help YMCA members attend the annual YMCA conference.

The article discusses a minstrel show that was performed by members of the Y.W.C.A. organization. Minstrel shows were a popular form of entertainment for white audiences. Minstrel shows were either dances, comic skits, or musical shows performed by…

This article reported on a blackface minstrel show that was presented by Westhampton College. The article discusses how the proceeds from the show went to aid the Water Pageant. The show consisted of "hearty jokes and songs."

This article in the Collegian talks about the organization of a minstrel show by the sophomore class of Westhampton College. It further goes on to talk about the people who were in charge of the arrangements, direction, and the acting.

This article advertised the Westhampton Athletic Association's minstrel show, in which white students would be wearing blackface. The article claimed that it was going to be "the funniest...show of them all." Mr. Bones and Mr. Jones performed the…

This article reviews the Westhampton College Class of 1924’s benefit show “Sophisticated Vaudeville.” In the summary, the author writes that Westhampton students wrote and performed the show. Especially of note is the first act…

This article discusses a student variety show put on by dramatic director Professor Alton W. Williams. The show was said to include a performance by Professor N. Wilford Skinner, who was to lead the event and perform acrobatic tricks. The "hillbilly…
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