Mitchell-Freeman Hall

Mitchell-Freeman Hall houses 86 upperclass students in single/double and double/double suites. An Area Coordinator resides in Mitchell-Freeman.

Mitchell-Freeman Hall was formerly known Freeman Hall and named for Douglas Southall Freeman, a member of the Richmond College Class of 1904 and former editor of the Richmond News Leader. Freeman served as trustee from 1925–50 and as rector from 1934–50.

On February 24, 2021 the Board of Trustees has approved President Cructcher's recommendation to rename Freeman Hall as "Mitchell-Freeman Hall" to honor the life and work of John Mitchell Jr. (1863–1929), a former enslaved person with a complex story, who became the editor of the African American newspaper the Richmond Planet — and some of whose descendants are members of the University of Richmond community. Known as the "Fighting Editor," Mitchell "became one of the most powerful Black voices in late 19th- and early 20th-century publishing," according to the Freeman report. As an anti-lynching advocate, Richmond city council representative before disenfranchisement, leader of the boycott against segregated streetcars in Richmond, and founder of the Mechanic’s Bank, Mitchell consistently challenged white supremacy. His life was not without controversy. He was convicted of bank fraud and was jailed for two weeks before being released; the conviction was ultimately overturned.

A fearless champion of racial justice, Mitchell often challenged Freeman's editorial stances and never hesitated to denounce his racism. On one occasion, for example, Freeman praised the patriotism of African Americans enlisting to fight in World War I, although in a racist manner saying many of them had "the physique of giants" but "the minds of children." While Mitchell seemed to look past some of Freeman's words about African American patriotism, he did shine a spotlight on the hollowness of his praise. "What are we to receive in the way of recognition for this loyalty?" Mitchell wrote. "We have been promised improved housing conditions. Have we secured these conditions? ... We have been told that the segregation laws recently enacted will work out to our betterment. Have we been able to observe naught else but irritation and humiliation on the part of those entrusted with its enforcement?" As Mitchell made clear, Freeman and others like him were hypocritical in praising African Americans for shouldering the burdens of citizenship while denying them its privileges.

We will recount the history of both Freeman and Mitchell at Mitchell-Freeman Hall, documenting Freeman's achievements and dedication to the University, while also openly recognizing his racist beliefs and advocacy for segregation and eugenics. That is part of telling the full and true story. In addition, we will shine a spotlight on how Mitchell did not allow Freeman's mistaken assertions about African Americans and segregation to go unchecked — and how he embodied personally the kind of intellectual and professional achievement that Freeman believed impossible for Black people. This juxtaposition provides a more accurate representation of Freeman and the realities of his time, as well as evidence that there were always critical voices and obvious facts that challenged and contradicted Freeman's positions.

Mitchell-Freeman was renovated in 2008.

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  • First Floor

    Room Selection: All beds in the suite or room must be filled to select. Rooms with the door opening to the hall will be chosen as separate rooms (not a suite). The gender of the two rooms sharing the bathroom will be the same. Rooms with a suite door will be chosen as a suite.

    Gender of rooms subject to change.

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    101/102: Double/Single suite. Double: 13.6 x 14.6. Single: 8 x 14.6 Suite
    103: Double 13.6 x 14.5 Not Available
    104: Single 8 x 16.1 Separate
    105: RA Not Available
    106: Double 13.6 x 14.5 Separate
    107: Single 8.2 x 13.6 Separate
    108: Double 13.6 x 14.6 Separate
    109: Double 13.6 x 14.9 Separate
    110: Single 10.5 x 16.6 Separate
    111: Double 13.11 x 14.4 Separate

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    112: Single 8.6 x 13.6 Not Available
    113: Double 13.11 x 14.1 Separate
    114: Double 13.6 x 15.6 Not Available
    115: Double 13.6 x 14.6 Not Available
    117: Single 8.6 x 13.6 Not Available
    118: Single 8.6 x 13.6 Separate
    119: Double 13.6 x 15 Separate
    120: Double 11.6 x 17.8 Separate
    121: Single 8.8 x 13.6 Separate
    122/123: Double/Single suite, Double:13.5 x 14.6. Single: 8’ x 14.8’. Suite, Tile Floor

  • Second Floor

    Room Selection: All beds in the suite or room must be filled to select. Rooms with the door opening to the hall will be chosen as separate rooms. The gender of the two rooms sharing the bathroom will be the same. Rooms with a suite door will be chosen as a suite.

    Gender of rooms subject to change.

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    201/202: Double/Single suite. Double: 13.6 x 14.6. Single: 8 x 14.5 Suite
    203: Double Not Available
    204: Single 8 x 16.1 Separate
    205: RA Not Available
    206: Double 13.6 x 14.6 Separate
    207: Single 8.2 x 13.6 Separate
    208: Double 13.6 x 14.6 Separate
    209: Double 13.6 x 14.9 Separate
    210: Single 10.5 x 16.6 Separate

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    214: Single 8.5 x 13.6 Separate
    215: Double 13.6 x 15.6 Not Available
    216: Double 13.6 x 14.6 Separate
    217: Single Not Available
    219: Double 13.6 x 15.5 Not Available
    220: Single 8.7 x 13.6 Separate
    221: Double 13.6 x 14.7 Not Available
    222: Double 11.6 x 17.8 Separate room
    223/224: Single/Double suite: Single, 8’ x 13.6’, Double: 13.6’ x 14.6’. Tile Floor Suite


  • Third Floor

    Room Selection: All beds in the suite or room must be filled to select. Rooms with the door opening to the hall will be choosen as separate rooms. The gender of the two rooms sharing the bathroom will be the same. Rooms with a suite door will be chosen as a suite.

    Gender of rooms subject to change.

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    301: Double 13.9 x 14.6 Separate
    302: Double 14.10 x 16.5 Separate
    304: Double 13.3 x 14.3 Separate
    306: Double 12.10 x 14.3 Separate
    308: RA
    312: Double 12.5 x 23.9 Separate
    314: Double 14.6 x 14.3 Separate
    316: Single 8.6 x 14.3 Separate
    318: Double 14.3 x 14.5 Separate
    322: Single 9.2 x 14.3 Separate
    324: Double 11.6 x 21.11 Separate
    328: Double 14.6 x 22.1. Private bath. Tile Floor Separate