Agassiz name dropped from Fargo project due to racist writings

State News

File photo – Louis Agassiz

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A plan to name a greenway project associated with the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion after a prominent 19th century geologist has been scrapped after government leaders learned about his writings on white supremacy.

The agency leading the project, the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments, proposed calling it Agassiz Greenway, after Louis Agassiz. He’s the scientist for whom glacial Lake Agassiz was named and whose name is associated with organizations, businesses and buildings in the region.

The council began receiving feedback over the proposed name and said it learned Agassiz was “a proponent of scientific racism and wrote prolifically on issues of white supremacy in the 1800s.” 

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Recent Videos

Amber's Monday Morning #OneMinuteForecast 1/18

Light & scattered snow today and tonight

NDC JAN 18

After the Whistle: Jocelyn Julson

Plays of the week

Dickinson Gymnastics

Rapid testing at Minot schools

Recycling coming to Minot?

Healthcare workers give update

Turtle Mountain vaccine plan

Live art in Minot

Class B Basketball

High school hockey

Hockey

College Track

Wrestling

Barriers to Justice

Meet the new City Manager

Comeback story

UMary Basketball

More Video

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss

KX News Trending Stories

Latest Stories

More Local News