The Skidmore Department of Anthropology program is located in Tisch Learning Center. In September 1987, several students discovered MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA steel railings in this newly constructed faculty office and classroom building. Immediately President David H. Porter appointed students, faculty, and administrators to a task force on South African steel. The task force recommended that permenant visual expressions of opposition to apartheid and violators of human rights in South Africa - and elsewhere - be incorporated into the building. Both words and images would connect those who produced the steel for the railings and those who would use them, forging, thereby, a human link between the black South African community and the Skidmore community reminding everyone that inquiry and discussion concerning human freedom and human rights are activities suited to take place within this classroom building.
A competition among Skidmore students resulted in the selection of these images as appropriate expressions of opposition to the South African apartheid and support for victims of oppression everywhere, at all times.