Maryland bill seeks to rename ‘Negro Mountain’
WASHINGTON - Western Maryland historians say Negro Mountain honors a free black man who acted heroically during the French and Indian War ...
From NBC WASHINGTON:
Some state lawmakers are looking to rename Negro Mountain and Polish Mountain in western Maryland.
Nine senators, none from the western region, introduced Senate Joint Resolution 3 in the General Assembly on Thursday. It would create a commission to rename the peaks by the end of this year.
The bill says the names should be changed to more accurately reflect the region’s history and culture.
Democrat Lisa Gladden said the name Negro Mountain has irked her since she first saw it in 1998.
She said the word “Negro” has often carried negative connotations about African-Americans.
Western Maryland historians say Negro Mountain honors a free black man who acted heroically during the French and Indian War. And they say Polish Mountain may have originally been called Polished Mountain, but that the name changed over time.
And some legislators aren’t too fond of a name change.
“It’s just asinine,” Delegate Kevin Kelly told the Cumberland Times-News. “I’m of Irish descent. We’d love to have a mountain named after us. Let’s rename it Irish Mountain.”
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