Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Short Story "Hooker's Lane"

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Short Story "Hooker's Lane"

Description

This short story from the February 1941 Messenger details the passing of a black woman named Bess. Bess's dress is described as being scant and attention-grabbing, and an unnamed man urges her to marry someone who is "her own kind" and criticizes her for "chasing" white men. She has been seeing a man named Jim and telling him that her name is Mildred, hiding her home life and race from him. During their last meeting, Bess's darker-skinned younger sister (who is described with a number of racial slurs) appears and tells her that she needs to go home, which horrifies Jim.

Source

McDonough, Lucy Ellen. "Hooker's Lane." The Messenger LXVIII, no. 3 (February 1941): 9-10. University Archives, RG 24 Student Publications. Virginia Baptist Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia.

Publisher

The Messenger, University of Richmond

Date

1941

Language

English

Type

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MessengerLXVIII.3.9-1941.pdf

Coverage

Richmond (Va.)

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McDonough, Lucy Ellen, “Short Story "Hooker's Lane",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed November 21, 2019, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/3281.