Mystery of racist photo in Ralph Northam's yearbook left unsolved

Mail Online | 5/22/2019 | Emily Crane For;Associated Press
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Two presidents of the medical school where Virginia Governor Ralph Northam attended were aware of the racist photo on his yearbook page years before it surfaced publicly - but a months-long probe into the picture still can't establish if it is him.

Neither the current or previous president of Eastern Virginia Medical School notified Northam or the public of the racist photo on his 1984 yearbook page when they became aware of it during the years that Northam ran for office.

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The presidents' previous knowledge of the photograph came to light on Wednesday when a law firm, hired by the school, published their report into how the photo ended up on Northam's yearbook page.

Addressing their prior knowledge of the photo, current EVMS President Dr. Richard Homan said at a news conference on Wednesday that the school is an apolitical public institution that shouldn't become involved in politics.

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The image, which shows a person in blackface standing next to a person in Ku Klux Klan clothing, sparked backlash against Northam in February when it emerged.

He initially acknowledged he was in the picture and apologized without saying which costume he was in. Northam then reversed course the following day, saying he was convinced he was not in the photo.

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Investigators with the McGuireWoods law firm, which was hired by the school in the wake of the controversy, said they couldn't conclusively establish the identities of either person in the 35-year-old photo that was on Northam's yearbook page alongside pictures of him.

They also said they couldn't determine how the photo ended up on Northam's yearbook page, but found no evidence it was put there by mistake or as a prank.

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'No individual that we interviewed has told us from personal knowledge that the governor is in the photograph, and no individual with knowledge...
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