Stanford University to Rename Serra Mall to Jane Stanford
Junipero Serra was a catholic priest who established 9 out of 21 missions in California between 1769 and 1982.
Serra was a Spanish Missionary who was canonized by Pope Francis in 2015. Despite his good works, he is reported to have “inflicted immense pain and suffering on native Americans.”
This is the reason why Stanford wants to have nothing to do with him. They are changing all names on its building named after the priest, even on the university’s postal address.
Serra died aged 70 in 1784 at Mission San Carlos (one of the missions he founded). The priest is credited for introducing Catholicism to California.
Serra was a lover of education who loved teaching and he had earned a doctorate degree in theology from Lullian University.
Food for thought: Which historical figures should be rethought about in your country?
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