Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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In this six-page short story, the anonymous author offers an account of a fire that strikes "Chinatown" in a city in California as a result of an earthquake. The city is near the University of California, Berkeley, and the characters in the story are…

This short story written by Westhampton College freshman, Mary McDaniel, describes her experience as a homesick freshman. She talks how her expectations of leaving home were different from how she felt once she got to Richmond and how she misses the…

This is a picture of a senior at the University of Richmond in 1925 named Yiu Fong Leung. The text next to her picture states, "Who is there at Westhampton who doesn't admire the spunk with which Yiu Fong tackles our Americanism?". Yiu Fong Leung was…

This is a photograph of the Chinese Students Club that includes the officers and members of the club. According to a statement in the Collegian, the Club was organized by the Chinese students of the University to effectively intermingle with one…

Vespers night, an evening prayer held every Sunday, would often bring in musical groups on campus as entertainment for those attending the service. On March 2, a "Negro male quartet" was invited to perform at Vespers. According to this review of the…

An article in the Collegian which announces the winner of the 1931 Westhampton College May Queen as Elizabeth Gill. Gill was the editor of The Messenger and was widely involved around campus. In her time as a student she was on the 1928 Sophomore…

In this six-page short story, the author W.H. Brannock offers a story situated in 1870 about a black man named Methuselah Jones. Throughout this story, the author refers to Methuselah Jones as a "typical country darkey" and "the blackest 'nigger' in…

A short story about "wearing unpleasant garments." A sentence on this page reads, "When your shoes are decidedly 'English' and your feet are decidedly 'African.' This suggest that "African" had a certain connotation of being less than or dirty.

In this three-page story, the author, A.W., offers a fictional account of the black stereotype of a "mammy" which describes a black woman who works as a housekeeper and/or nanny for white families. The story lovingly describes mammies, but it is a…

This report from the Panel on the Composition of the Student Body includes a summary of opinions and recommendations from the annual departmental reports. Regarding recruitment, faculty believed that the University needed to increase the budget for…
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