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RENAMING OF AGASSIZHORN REJECTED BY ALL AUTHORITIES.PETITION TO BE CONTINUED NEVERTHELESS. AGASSIZ-EXHIBITION IN GRINDELWALD A GREAT SUCCESS. AGASSIZ-EXHIBITION ON EGGISHORN DUE JULY TO OCTOBER 2013!

By the end of 2010 it had become evident: The three communities who share the Agassizhorn summit (Grindelwald BE, Guttannen BE, Fieschertal VS), the cantons of Berne and Valais, all the the Swiss federal authorities as well as UNESCO had rejected the petition to have the Swiss Alpine peak of 3953 metres above sea level renamed. 2500 men and women from all over the world had voiced that demand because in the 19th century Agassiz was one of the champions of the so-called "scientific" racism and a pioneering thinker of apartheid, who had commissioned the photo of Renty, a slave from the Congo, to be taken, in order to prove the "inferiority of the black race". The "De-mounting Louis Agassiz" committee, who had demanded the renaming since May 2007, was sadly disappointed by this decision and particularly deplored that even the submitted compromise of giving the name of "Rentyhorn" to an unknown peak in the vicinity of Agassizhorn had not met with the approval of the Oberland communal authorities. Nevertheless, the petition has been and will be continued, because renaming the "Agassizhorn" continues to be our declared objective.

Our exhibition on Louis Agassiz: "Glaciologist, Racist: Louis Agassiz (1807-2012)" has been shown in Grindelwald, Berne (2012), Eggishorn, Wallis (2013), Grimsel Hospiz, Berne and Teufen, Ausserrhoden (2014) and likewise in the city of St.Gallen (2015). It has proved a great success and has had international repercussions. Please find more on that here.

People or organisations who are interested in showing, staging or hosting our Agassiz exhibition should contact Hans Fässler under hafessler(at)kst(dot)ch.


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Louis Agassiz (1807-1873)
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Agassizhorn (3946 meters above sealevel)
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