Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This document is a letter from University of Richmond President F. W. Boatwright to B. West Tabb, the Treasurer of the University of Richmond. The letter was sent on January 25, 1933. According to Boatwright, Mrs. Woodward, whose position is not…

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 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 cover page of the 1968 faculty section shows what seems to be a faculty dining hall. An African American woman can be seen wearing an apron. It seems that she worked as a waitress at a dining facility on campus. She can be seen cleaning a table…

An unnamed African American man can be seen beside photographs of members of the Richmond class of 1968. The man seems to be part of the university staff because of the way he is dressed. He is seen in the picture reading what seems to be a magazine.

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 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 image published in The Collegian is a depiction of pop-singer Rihanna. This picture depicts Rhianna using over exaggerated lips, ears, and large hoop earrings. She is smoking a cigarette while holding an umbrella and a list of "song ideas." On…

The re-hash is a joke section of the Collegian, including the following: "Aunt Jemima, a big negro washer-woman, had just been knocked down by an automobile. A crowd gathered around to sympathize with her. 'You'll get damages for this, Aunt Jemima,'…

The page features a photo montage of women participating in leisure activities, a skeleton, a baby, and two black women on the bottom far right and left who served a domestic role at the University. Under the photo of the woman on the far left the…
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