Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This 1939 announcement is for a Westhampton College production of "Gone With the Wind" that will be performed by WC seniors. The announcement details the women that will be playing each role, as well as the extravagance of the stage with a "black…

Photographed by J.W. Buck, this image from the 1897 edition of the yearbook The Spider depicts the cast of the theatrical production "Darkest Africa". A majority of the all-male white cast is in blackface.

This image, appearing on a page titled "The Glee Club" in the 1897 University of Richmond yearbook The Spider, shows a white european man playing the flute for a racist caricature of a person with monkey-like features, who covers his ears in…

This 1899 drawing in the yearbook, The Spider, is of a racist caricature of a black man, holding cards as a title page for the university's clubs. At this point in time there were no black students attending the University of Richmond.

This 1897 drawing in the Spider yearbook depicts a racist caricature of a black person next to the "Peanut Club" whose motto is "eat at pleasure and drink by measure." It is unclear why a black person is depicted next to what appears to be an food…

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…

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…
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