Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

The Web 1985 "Phi Gamma Delta"

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Title

The Web 1985 "Phi Gamma Delta"

Description

This photo from The Web 1985 shows members of Phi Gamma Delta posing in front of the Bill "Bojangles" Robinson statue in the Jackson Ward neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia. Bill Robinson was a famous tap dancer and actor and a native of Richmond. He was arguably the best-known and highest-paid black entertainer in the first half of the twentieth century, and throughout his life he worked to combat racial barriers and racial prejudice. In this photo, fraternity brothers seem to be holding a hand-painted caricature of Bill Robinson dressed in a top hat and skirt while holding a spear, and "Mr. Bojangles" is listed as the 37th member underneath the photo. It is notable that the fraternity brother holding the caricature on the right hand side is a black student.

Source

Virginia Baptist Historical Society, The Web (1985): 180. Available online via the UR Scholarship Repository.

Publisher

The Web, University of Richmond

Date

1985

Relation

Language

English

Identifier

Web.180-1985.png

Coverage

Richmond (Va.)

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Student Contributor

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Citation

“The Web 1985 "Phi Gamma Delta" ,” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed November 21, 2019, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/2780.