The following commentary by Gary Brueggemann, dated June 26, 2015, was published on the Opinion Page of the Star Tribune
Perspective on the Namesake of Lake Calhoun
A statue of John C. Calhoun, a pre-Civil War South Carolina statesman and slavery supporter stands in the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Calhoun was also secretary of war, and during that time was instrumental in establishing Fort Snelling
Admittedly, having a lake here in the North Star State — and in the city where Hubert Humphrey launched his celebrated civil-rights crusade — named after an infamous defender of slavery and the old South is both ironic and odd. But as a Minnesota historian, I would like to offer my perspective on the proposed renaming of Lake Calhoun.
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