Medical School to announce findings of Gov. Northam controversial yearbook photos investigation

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This image shows Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s page in his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook. The page shows a picture, at right, of a person in blackface and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood next to different pictures of the governor. It’s unclear who the people in the picture are, but the rest […]

Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) on Wednesday will announce the findings of an investigation prompted by a photo on Gov. Ralph Northam’s yearbook page.

EVMS President Richard Homan in February called for a third-party investigation by the the law firm McGuireWoods after a racist photo from Northam’s 1984 EVMS yearbook page that surfaced online. 

The photo shows someone in blackface and another person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

Homan called the photo “shockingly abhorrent” in a statement issued after the photo became public.

Northam was one year into a four-year term as Virginia’s governor at time of the scandal. He has remained in his position despite numerous calls for his resignation from elected officials and Virginia voters.

The 1985 yearbook featured the photo of a man in blackface on Michael Breiner’s page. The caption in the yearbook read: “who ever thought Diana Ross would make it to Medical School!”

EVMS has scheduled a news conference for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to announce the results of the McGuireWoods investigation. Homan as well as McGuireWoods partners Richard Cullen and George Martin are scheduled to speak.

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