Original Author: Virginia Industrial School for Colored Girls; Janie Porter Barrett, superintendent; photographer unknown
Medium: Printed photographs
Entertainment at the Virginia Industrial School for Colored Girls
Images from the Pictorial Record of the Virginia Industrial School for Colored Girls (1922) depict a day in which a Black circus troupe performed at the school. The circus procession, at center, included musicians, a clown, and five Black men on horseback, one of whom wore minstrel-style blackface makeup. This type of theatrical makeup, which contributed to the spread of racist stereotypes, was commonly used by both Black and white entertainers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Citation: Pictorial Record of the Virginia Industrial School for Colored Girls. F221 v.680 no.9. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA