Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This photograph, appearing in the 1960 edition of the University of Richmond's yearbook The Web depicts an interior view of students eating at the Westhampton dining hall. The photo is located at the beginning of the list of Westhampton College…

This untitled black and white photograph featured in the Fall 1994 issue of the Messenger depicts three unnamed black boys. No location is given. This piece was paired with the short story "The Tobacco Road," which is about a white woman being…

This cartoon shows a white ventriloquist agreeing to his sentiment of, "We were all mighty happy until we were interfered with... Weren't we?" with a blackface-wearing ventriloquist's dummy. This refers to forced integration that occurred in public…

This photograph, appearing in the 1960 edition of the University of Richmond's yearbook The Web, depicts an interior view of students eating at the Refectory, the Richmond College dining hall. The photo is located at the beginning of the list of…

This illustration of the Philogian Society and Messenger staff of 1960 features a caricature of Lebanese student Abdullah Mina in the upper left corner. Mina is wearing stereotypical Middle Eastern clothing and his nose is exaggerated.

This 1949 yearbook features the Confederate Spider mascot, at the start of each section. In this particular photo there is a replica of the confederate spider pointing to the deanery, for the "Administration" section of the yearbook.

This drawing in the 1913 yearbook, depicts a caricature of a black man, as one is in court and is wearing disheveled clothing, attached to a ball and chain. This image was used as the title image of the Law portion of the yearbook.

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 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…
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