Yearbook frontispiece illustrated with athletic gear and fraternity symbols, and a printed biographical sketch
Original Author: Photos by Sanjay Suchak, University Communications
Created: 1890

Biographical Sketch of “Berkeley Bullocks” in Corks and Curls

At right is the first page of a two-page biographical sketch of Burkley Bullock (here spelled Berkeley Bullocks) published in the 1890 edition of Corks and Curls, the yearbook produced by students at the University of Virginia. The article presents the successful Black entrepreneur, who ran a restaurant near the university that was frequented by the students, as a rather shambling figure with "furtive, restless eyes ... noiselessly gliding about among his chicken legs and apple pies." Apparently unaware, or unappreciative, of Bullock's considerable financial success, the author of the biographical sketch praises the restaurant owner for knowing "his place" in the racial hierarchy, and never being pushy, as the "growing class of half-educated, aspiring negroes of the present."

At left is the frontispiece of that year's edition of Cork and Curls, which is embellished with athletic equipment—a tennis racquet, bowling pins, a football, and baseball bat and ball—and a ribbon surrounding the title that features Greek letters identifying the various fraternities at the university.

Citation: Corks and Curls, University of Virginia, 1888. LD5687 .C7 1890. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.