Hail to the Vampires
Somewhere underneath thousands of layers of paint, “To George Washington this memorial erected in celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of his birth, 1932.” is carved into this rock on the corner of Washtenaw and Hill. Given that the inscription hasn’t been seen since 1982, it’s no surprise that most of Ann Arbor’s residents only know it as a continually changing canvas, painted so often that the surface is perpetually damp. Most days it bears the letters of some fraternity or sorority, although the community also participates in the tradition.
Another little-known fact is that there’s a time capsule underneath the concrete pedestal supporting the Rock, left there by monument erector Eli Gallup.