Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This April 29, 1920 image depicts students from Westhampton College and Richmond College staging a pageant of the "Dwarfed Pine." Corresponding articles in The Richmond Collegian explain the pine as an emblem in "the East" of "long life and…

Westhampton College sophomores staged "The Yellow Jacket" in the Red Cross Building, located near the site of the current Modlin Center. The play had ten Chinese characters, each played by a white student. An article subheading stated that the…

This article announces the Westhampton freshman class production named "The Pageant of the Dwarfed Pine." This 1920 performance was staged in the "pagan splendor" of Japan, with the chorus performed a "Japanese folk song," F. Flaxington Harker's…

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 Collegian article is a theater review of the production Conquest of My Brother presented by the University Players in November 1975. The reviewer Heath Haworth asserts the play is more of a “didactic, preachy documentary” rather than…

This photo from The Web 1985 shows members of Phi Gamma Delta posing in front of the Bill "Bojangles" Robinson statue in the Jackson Ward neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia. Bill Robinson was a famous tap dancer and actor and a native of Richmond. He…

These two pages from The Web 1976 feature photographs from the University Players’ production of the play “Conquest of My Brother” in November 1975. “Conquest of My Brother” is a documentary-style play by Edward F. Emanuel that is about the…

This page from The Web 1976 features photographs from the University Players' production of the play “The Teahouse of the August Moon” in February 1976. “The Teahouse of the August Moon” is an American war comedy written by John Patrick based…

The bottom right photo on the second page of the 1948 Phi Alpha spread features fraternity members in blackface. The fraternities had recently reopened on campus after World War II.

In the middle photo at the bottom of the second page of the Phi Gamma Delta spread, two life-size, extremely caricatured African cut-out figures can be seen outside of a Phi Gamma Delta (or "Fiji") Tent. The caption reads,"Dr. Livingstone, I…
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