Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This 1991 Collegian article discusses the viewpoint of Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, who is a professor of history and the director of women's studies at Emory University. She spoke at the University of Richmond, advocating her view that "Southern women…

This 1963 announcement highlights the "Plantation Party," which was a party held on May Day (May 4th) to "reveal the school at its southern best." The events lined up include an open house art exhibit, a band concert, lantern parade, ballet, and a…

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…

This 1927 Collegian article attempts to persuade students to go see the Richmond Senior play at the Strand Theatre. The play being performed is Shenandoah, and is described as a play that everyone will enjoy, "whether from the North or the South in…

The article explains the 1924 release of "The Southern Planter," written by Richmond College alumnus, Dr. Francis P. Gaines. The purpose of the book is to "outline the popular conception of the old plantation," as well as to trace the development 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 article, written in 1943, details the festivities of Westhampton College's May Day, which is run by the sophomore women. The college gym will be decorated as an old Southern Plantation. In order to add to the atmosphere of the theme, "twelve…

This 1934 Collegian article discusses the potential for a team name change from 'Spiders' to 'Rebels.' The article attempts to persuade readers that a new name is needed due to the fact that the name is "insignificant" and does not "represent any…

This Collegian article, written in 1929, focuses on a collection of letters, notes, and autographs given to the university library from Dr. J. L. M. Curry and Miss Ella M. Thomas. Dr. Curry was a member of the United States Congress and the…

In this short 1928 Collegian article, Mrs. Sally Harris, widow of A.M. Harris who was a member of the Class of 1876, has given to the library a copy of a picture taken of the Valentine statue of General Robert E. Lee. The photo depicts the group of…
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