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U.Va. Students Investigate Their Yearbook's Racist History — Starting With Its Title

In poring through past yearbooks, the student journalists are reckoning with the racist history of both their state and their campus. A historian says the yearbook's title itself refers to blackface.
A photo on the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity yearbook page from 1972 shows someone wearing blackface for a costume. Source: Courtesy of Abby Clukey

After hearing about the recent discovery of a racist photo on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page, student journalists at the University of Virginia started combing through their school's old yearbooks.

What they found was horrifying.

A 1971 class member page for the Chi Psi fraternity depicts a mob of black-hooded students carrying rifles, all their gazes fixed upon a lone,

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