Pulling Down Our Monuments

A group of turn-of-the-century Sierra Club members on the rocky top of Mt. Brewer.
“Group on Summit of Mount Brewer” (1902). Photograph by Edward T. Parsons.

The Sierra Club is a 128-year-old organization with a complex history, some of which has caused significant and immeasurable harm. As defenders of Black life pull down Confederate monuments across the country, we must also take this moment to reexamine our past and our substantial role in perpetuating white supremacy.

It’s time to take down some of our own monuments, starting with some truth-telling about the Sierra…