On Sunday, October 2, a front page story in the Washington Post told of Gov. Rick Perry's hunting camp, a place known as "Niggerhead." For many years a large flat rock stood upright at its gates, announcing the name in painted letters. That rock is still at the entrance, now lying on its back, parts of the name still visible, painted over ineffectually.
The camp has been important to Perry's political career. Perry often hosted friends and supporters and fellow legislators there for turkey shoots and other outings. Now Perry implies that he first saw the rock with its offensive name only in 1983 and immediately got his parents to paint over the letters. As Post reporter Stephanie McCrummen delicately phrases it, Perry's version
differs in many respects from the recollections of seven people ... who spoke in detail of ... seeing the rock with the name at various points during the years that Perry was associated with the property.