ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – A statement sent to Hollins University students and staff shows that photos featuring students in “blackface” were discovered in past editions of The Spinster student yearbook.
Hollins President Pareena Lawrence wrote that Hollins leaders have decided to “not exhibit the entire collection of The Spinster digitally on our website… digital access will be fully restored as soon as we develop and post educational information regarding the history and practice of blackface to help us understand why it is a racist and prejudicial practice.”
The statement goes on to say “Grappling with such issues from the past is difficult. But, if we are to evolve as a society and an institution of higher learning, we cannot ignore or hide from our past. Indeed we must learn from it.”
Officials have not said how many photos were discovered or which yearbooks printed “blackface” photos.