Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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Image found on collage in the College Life section of "The Tower" or the Westhampton College section of the 1928 Web yearbook. The image depicts Rat Day, or freshman hazing day, during which two students were featured in blackface and costume.

This satirical April Fool's Day article describesa service held in honor of Esau Brooks, a caretaker and athletic trainer, at the Cannon Memorial Chapel in 1936. The article describes the ceremony, during which Brooks was honored with a rake and…

This article describes the continuing service of Esau Brooks, a trainer at the University of Richmond. Brooks began his work at the University in 1914, only leaving for military service in World War I. Brooks eliminated a "German machine gun next"…

Published in the 1943 April Fool's edition of The Collegian, this photo and caption portray athletic trainer Esau Brooks receiving an honorary degree in Osteopathy (physical training), from Oglethorpe University. The degree was conferred at the Greek…

This satirical April Fool's Day article describes the promotion of Esau Brooks from athletics trainer and grounds keeper to "the new and enthusiastic" Director of Athletics. The article also has Brooks placing "'Not-so-Dark' Jamees as line coach and…

This page shows two poems written by Chinese student Poon Kant Mok of the 1927 graduating class, "First Love" and "Crossing." The first poem, "First Love," is a brief romantic piece. The second poem, "Crossing," discusses homesickness, a…

This page shows a short story written about George Reynolds Freedley, Class of 1925. No authorship information is given. The story explains his participation as a "thespian." Author poses the question, "what would our Minstrels do without George,"…

This eulogy written in the "In Memorandum" section of the Fall 1957 Messengernotes the death and service of Esau Brooks, a black athletic trainer and staff member at the University. The piece demonstrates a great deal of admiration for its subject…

This article titled "Devotional" is an account of student participation and stories relating a variety of subjects. A brief mention in this article shares C. Y. Hui's address to the Westhampton Baptist Church congregation on Sunday, February 10, 192.…

This article shares the accomplishments of two Chinese alumni, John Paau (RC '25) and Cheng Yeung Hui (RC '22). Both were members of Philologian Society while students at Richmond College. The article shares that Paau attended Columbia University…
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