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  • The name of this Georgia waterway was so offensive it was changed to Freedom Creek

    (CNN)It took awhile, but the effort to rid a Georgia stream of its offensive name has finally succeeded.

    Runaway Negro Creek, a small waterway on the state's Skidaway Island near Savannah, has been officially renamed Freedom Creek.
    The US Board on Geographic Names, which maintains uniform usage of place names throughout the federal government, voted to OK the name change during a meeting last week.
    "The name has been updated in the Board's official geographic names database, and future editions of federal maps will reflect the change," geographer and board research staffer Jennifer Runyon told CNN in an email.
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/16/us/ge...rnd/index.html

    I was like, how offensive a name could a creek have......oh.
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  • #2
    I live about 2 miles from Negro Island.
    "Democracy is a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses." H.L. Mencken

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    • #3
      It's pronounced Neh-Grao

      Pete (laughs)

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      • #4
        what a stupid, cliche, uninspired name.

        who the hell got their freedom because of that creek?

        they should have just named it Freedom Fries instead.

        Jared (thinks that if you name something Freedom, it should have something to do with
        freedom)
        "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." –Mark Twain

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        • #5
          Is that anywhere near Honky Junction?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jared View Post
            what a stupid, cliche, uninspired name.

            who the hell got their freedom because of that creek?

            they should have just named it Freedom Fries instead.

            Jared (thinks that if you name something Freedom, it should have something to do with
            freedom)
            What if a lot of slaves that "ran away" actually did end up escaping?
            "Democracy is a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses." H.L. Mencken

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            • #7
              You could always move to Swastika Acres in Colorado:

              https://kdvr.com/2019/04/16/cherry-h...es-subdivision
              "Democracy is a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses." H.L. Mencken

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              • #8
                Looks like both names were correct, although the old one is obv inappropriate. Steve is right.

                From the article in the OP:

                It also highlights a small piece of history. The original name dates back to at least the Civil War, when it's believed escaped slaves from a nearby plantation would swim across the creek to freedom on islands controlled by Union troops, CNN affiliate WJCL reports.
                For every ailment under the sun - There is a remedy, or there is none;
                If there be one, try to find it; If there be none, never mind it. -- Mother Goose

                "We've always assumed that you can't bring back the dead. But it's a matter of when you pickle the cells." -- Peter Rhee

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