Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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One of the courses taught by the History department in 1971 was titled "History of the Civil War and Reconstruction." According to the course description, the course would "focus on slavery and the sectional controversy, secession and the war, and…

One of the courses taught by the Sociology department in 1961 was titled "Race and Culture." Based on the description of the course, it was based on human relations of ethnic groups in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Unlike the years before, there was…

In the varsity basketball section of the 1969 yearbook, an African American student athlete from Davidson University can be seen playing against University of Richmond basketball players, which did not have black players at the time.

In the beginning of the 1968 yearbook, a picture can be seen of two African American men. Both the unnamed men seem to be part of the university staff. One of the men can be seen picking leaves from the ground while the other carries a carton filled…

Towards the end of the fraternities section in the 1969 yearbooks, a couple of photographs can be seen. In one of those photographs, a white photographer can be seen taking pictures of two African American children. The girl can be seen sitting on a…

In this photograph in the beginning of the 1969 yearbook, a black woman can be seen performing on stage. She seems to be singing. In the background, one can also see a black man playing an electric guitar. It was common for African Americans to be…

In this photograph, an unnamed African American man can be seen. He seems to be part of the university cleaning staff since he is holding what seems to be a vacuum cleaner in hand. Many African American people worked on the university staff in 1968…

The University College served as an evening school for students in the Richmond downtown area. In one of the pictures of the members of the University College honor council, an African American female student can be seen with five other white…

In the student organizations section of the 1968 yearbook, two pictures can be found of clubs at University College. Both the pictures include an African American woman. She was member of the Reverie staff which was a magazine for creative expression…

This picture shows a band of African American men performing at some university event. It was common for the university to invite African American bands to "entertain" faculty and students. Four black men can be seen performing at the front while a…
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