Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Poem "A Nigger in Heaven"

Dublin Core

Title

Poem "A Nigger in Heaven"

Description

The title of this poem uses a derogatory racial slur to describe its main character. The narrator of this poem relays the time he saw a black man in heaven. This black man is dressed in "crimson satin things" with "golden teeth" and with "jeweled fingers;" he is dressed in riches, yet also in a stereotypically tribal manner. This man is grinning as "a grave white man" performs labor "at his feet."

Creator

Source

Booth, L.S. "A Nigger in Heaven." <em>The Messenger</em> LVI, no. 6 (May 1930): 11. University Archives, RG 24 Student Publications. Virginia Baptist Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia.Virginia Baptist Historical Society, The Messenger 1920

Publisher

The Messenger, University of Richmond

Date

1929-30

Contributor

Gabby Kiser
Matt Mullen

Language

English

Type

Identifier

MessengerLVI.6.11-1930

Files

Citation

Booth, L.S., “Poem "A Nigger in Heaven",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed August 14, 2020, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/108.