NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two presidents of the medical school Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam attended were aware of the racist photo on his 1984 yearbook page several years before the photo surfaced in February.
However, neither the current president of Eastern Virginia Medical School nor a previous one notified Northam or the public about the photo.
The presidents’ previous knowledge of the photograph came to light Wednesday in a law firm’s report on how the photo ended up on Northam’s yearbook page.
The image shows a person in blackface standing next to a person in Ku Klux Klan clothing.
Current EVMS President Dr. Richard Homan said at a news conference that the school is an apolitical public institution that shouldn’t become involved in politics. The school became aware of the photo during years that Northam ran for office.