Work crews took down the iron "Boalt Hall" sign on the facade of the UC Berkeley Law campus Thursday.
It's all part of the process of separating the controversial legacy of John Boalt, a 19th-century Oakland lawyer, from the law school.
The move has been over two years in the making and will come as no surprise to many in the campus community. In 2018, Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky recommended that Boalt’s name be untangled from the campus, due to his newly unearthed anti-Chinese writings.
In order for the name to be removed, similar recommendations needed to be made by a campus committee, UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ and UC President Janet Napolitano. That process was finished last week.
According to UC, Boalt’s name was attached to the building after his widow put property in San Francisco into a $100,000 trust for the university to construct a hall in his honor. That property was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, but the university still named their newly erected hall "Boalt" in recognition of Elizabeth Boalt’s intentions. John Boalt himself never attended or taught at the university. When the law school moved from that building, now Durant Hall, to the new building in the southeast corner of campus, the name carried over, too.