A ‘racist’ 42-ton boulder stated to be two billion years outdated, was faraway from the College of Wisconsin-Madison campus this weekend.
The UW Black Scholar Union raised cash to take away the Chamberlin Rock over the ‘racist’ historical past behind its identify over a 1925 newspaper headline.
In keeping with the Wisconsin State Journal, the boulder was as soon as known as a “n*****head” – College historians didn’t discover another time this time period was used to explain the boulder.
In keeping with a information launch from UW spokesperson Meredith McGlone, Chamberlin Rock is a two-billion year-old glacial erratic, uncommon in nature. It’s named after Thomas Chamberlin, a geologist who labored as college president from 1887 to 1892.
Nevertheless, the rock was identified by a racial slur for a number of years after it was unearthed and put in. The UW Black Scholar Union led the way in which for eradicating the rock from campus, saying it had brought on hurt to the Black neighborhood over time.
“Eradicating the rock as a monument in a outstanding location prevents additional hurt to our neighborhood whereas preserving the rock’s instructional and analysis worth for present and future students. The rock shall be positioned on university-owned land southeast of Madison close to Lake Kegonsa,” McGlone stated within the launch.
The boulder was eliminated on Friday.