Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This article profiles Dr. Y. R. Chow, a noted Chinese lecturer appearing before Richmond College Convocation. Dr. Chow was a superintendent in the high school where Richmond College student C. Y. Hui received his education. Dr. Chow gave general…

This article announces the first minstrel show given at the University since its move to the West End in 1914, put on by the Richmond College Glee Club. The announcement was published a week before the show. The article promotes blackface, showcasing…

In this article, Dr. W.D. Weatherford addresses issues brought about by World War I, particularly focused on "the supply of labor." Munitions factories are employing many men and women, and Weatherford notes that "places of manual labor vacated by…

This article announces the first minstrel show given at the University of Richmond since the college relocated from its Lombardy Street location to the West End campus in 1914. The show, put on by the Richmond College Glee Club, is said to feature…

The "Echoes From The Minstrel" section toward the end of the Westhampton College yearbook is a collection of jokes and quotes written in "Negro dialect." "The Minstrel" is a reference to the minstrel shows that the Glee Club began putting on in May…

This article covers an event at the University of Richmond where Chinese students celebrated the birth of the Chinese Republic, and rendered homage to their homeland. The article talks about China, honing in on the Xinhai Revolution leading to the…

An article detailing a minstrel show put on by the Richmond College Glee Club in which the white actors wore blackface. The subtitle refers to the actors as "charcoaled funmakers." The article calls the actors a "motley crew of darkies," relying on…

The Spectator's Column seems to be brief descriptions of domestic and international news outside of the University of Richmond. Attention should be placed on two news clips here, clip 4 and clip 5. Clip 4 discusses the discovery of a recent lynching…

Vesper services, an evening prayer held every Sunday, often involved musical groups coming to campus for the evensong service. On March 2, 1930, a "Hampton Negro male quartet" was invited to perform at vespers. According to this summary of the event,…

This article announces the 1931 Westhampton College May Queen, Elizabeth Gill, editor of The Messenger and widely involved on campus. In her time as a student, Gill was on the 1928 Sophomore Women play committee, the 1929 vice president of the…
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