Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This article consists of information regarding a production by the University Players titled “Conquest of My Brother,” their second production of the 1975-1976 season. The production about the “200-year struggle between the American…

An article by Katie Branca in The Collegian announces University Players’ first annual haunted house in Cousins Studio Theatre, led by sophomores Alex Turner and Mary Clohan. The theme was insane asylum, largely due to the fact that it could be…

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…

This newspaper article from the February 11, 1984 issue of the Richmond News Leader discusses the upcoming UR Players' production of Hiawatha directed by Jack Welsh. Welsh is interviewed, describing the intricate production process of the show which…

The Richmond Times-Dispatch sent Christine Darg to review the University Players' pending production of "Romeo and Juliet" and their choice to place the story in a "Great Gatsby"-era setting. Director William Lockey decided to reorient the familial…

The article discusses the Varsity club's first social gathering to commemorate its beginning as an official club at the University. The article specifically mentions that everyone was enjoying the music provided by “a negro orchestra,”…

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 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 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 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."
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