A geologically and archeologically-significant boulder on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus may be slated for relocation, burial, or total destruction after two groups deemed it a racist symbol.
The Wisconsin Black Student Union proposed the relocation or destruction of the boulder — named “Chamberlin Rock” in 1926 after geologist and then-University President Thomas Crowder Chamberlin — after claiming it had a racist history.
A 1925 State Journal article chronicled the discovery of the rock as a “n—erhead,” a common term for large dark rocks in the 1920s that fell out of use by the 1950s. The article is the only known instance of the term being used to describe the rock, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
According to the Journal, all members of UW-Madison’s Campus Planning Committee voted