Street Name Change Coming To WHOI Campus

The name of an oceanographer who served in the confederate navy is being removed from a street on the campus of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

According to WHOI, the Falmouth planning board approved the name change of a street that winds through its campus...from Maury Lane to Marie Tharp Lane.

Tharp, one of the first women oceanographers, is credited with introducing the first scientific map of the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.

The institution credits Maury as a pioneer in his field, but said in addition to his resignation from the U.S. Navy to join the confederacy, he also took clear and public stances in support of slavery.

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