Sierra Club Liberal Conservation Group Deletes ‘Monuments’ Dedicated to Founder John Muir and Apologizes for ‘Continuing White Supremacy’
The Sierra Club has said that it is on the way to demolish ‘monuments’ to founder John Muir for his racist comments and friendships, and apologized for the ‘substantial role of the conservation group in the survival of white supremacy’.
Muir, who died in 1914, was a native of Scotland who immigrated to America and played a key role in preserving the Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Park. He co-founded the Sierra Club in 1892.
In his late 19th and early 20th century writings, he was also known for making racially disparaging remarks. In one memoir, he cruelly described black people as ‘well trained’ but ‘making a lot of noise and doing little work. An energetic white man who worked with a will easily picked as much cotton as half a dozen Sambos and Sallies. ‘
“It’s time to remove some of our own monuments, starting with some truthful stories about the early history of the Sierra Club,” the group said in a statement Wednesday.
John Muir, who died in 1914, was a native of Scotland who immigrated to America and played a key role in preserving the Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Park
A bronze relief of Muir can be seen in the legislative offices of the Sierra Club in Washington DC featuring artist Homer Daehn. It is unclear whether the group has any other physical ‘monuments’ for Muir
As the most iconic figure in Sierra Club history, Muir’s words and actions weigh particularly heavily. They continue to hurt and alienate indigenous people and colored people who come into contact with the Sierra Club, ”the group said.
It was unclear whether the Sierra Club plans to remove physical monuments to Muir, or whether the group was speaking figuratively.
Although Muir statues exist in several national parks, none are known to belong to the group. A bronze relief of Muir hangs in the Sierra Club legislative offices in Washington DC.
A group spokesperson did not immediately respond to a question from DailyMail.com.
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