The Black General is a website designed online to host archival materials ranging from oral histories to photos sourced from alumni, faculty, staff and Special Collections at Washington and Lee University. This site contains information about the period of desegregation at W&L via oral histories, black student organizations, and other relevant information that ties to black experiences at W&L. The Black General is one of the most fruitful collections at Washington and Lee, preserving memories historically silenced or not recognized. Through sustaining this site, we create a promise to remember the beautiful and sometimes painful histories of our black community.

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Photo: Senior Women in 1989


This photo includes senior women graduating in 1989. From L to R, Dana Anstine, Stephanie Coleman, Jessica Reynolds and Cindy Phoa.

Issue: "Hampton Institute Students Visit W&L"


This February 1964 issue of the Ring-tum Phi is replete with topics covering desegregation at Washington and Lee and the nation at large. In this one…

Article: "Washington & Lee U. Blacks Snub Offensive Gala"


Fancy Dress (FD) is an annual event that traditionally gathers the student body together for a night of music, dancing and social interaction. The…