|Carl Linnaeus - aka: Carl von Linné|
|This plaque was been updated to include: "Linnaeus also applied this system to humans, without any scientific basis. He categorized humans based on race and assigned negative behavioral traits to Africans and other nonwhites. This system has been used to promote slavery and other racial injustices throughout history."|
A brief history of the Chicago Botanic Garden
The Chicago Botanic Garden traces its origins back to the Chicago Horticultural Society, founded in 1890. Using the motto "Urbs in Horto," meaning "city in a garden," the Society hosted nationally recognized flower and horticultural shows; its third was the World's Columbian Exposition Chrysanthemum Show, held in October of 1893 in conjunction with Chicago's World's Fair.After a period of inactivity, the Chicago Horticultural Society was restarted in 1943. In 1962, its modern history began when the Society agreed to help create and manage a new public garden. With the groundbreaking for the Chicago Botanic Garden in 1965 and its opening in 1972, the Society created a permanent site on which to carry out its mission. The Garden today is an example of a successful public-private partnership. It is owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, located in Glencoe and operated by the Chicago Horticultural Society.
Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.
 Carl Linnaeus also known after his ennoblement as Carl von Linné. Many of his writings were in Latin, and his name is rendered in Latin as Carolus Linnæus (after 1761 Carolus a Linné).
Chicago Botanical Gardens recently updated the sculptures plaque to provide a full history of Linnaeus including how the taxonomy have been culturally biased. I was impressed to see that this was added in addition to all the accolades Linnaeus rightly deserves. I cannot find that plaque anywhere on the Internet. I wish I had Taking a picture of it.ReplyDelete
The updated plaque was a great move on the part of Chicago Botanic, to give us the full measure of the man and his disastrous legacy of white supremacy to human beings. In addition to being the father of modern taxonomy, we must also acknowledge that he is the father of modern racism. I can't upload an image here, but the plaque text reads as follows: "Linnaeus also applied this system to humans, without any scientific basis. He categorized humans based on race, and assigned negative behavioral traits to Africans and other nonwhites. This system has been used to promote slavery and other racial injustices throughout history."ReplyDelete