Feds Approve Renaming Of Runaway Negro Creek To Freedom Creek
According to the Associated Press, the federal government has agreed to change the name of a tidal creek on the Georgia coast that had always been known as Runaway Negro Creek.
It will now receive a new name by The U.S. Board of Geographic; the Freedom Creek. This change comes just a year after Georgia lawmakers passed a resolution requesting the switch.
The creek was given its previous name because slaves from the Modena Plantation on Skidaway Island would escape and try to cross to Union-occupied islands during the Civil War, AJC notes. Residents had previously urged for the name to be chance because they believed it was very insensitive and should more accurately reflect the history of the area.
“The previous name has no place in our society,” U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, a Republican from Pooler, said in a statement. “I am very glad our community came together at the local, state and federal levels to make this happen.”
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