Federal government renames Runaway Negro Creek in Georgia

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Georgia News

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – The federal government has agreed to change the name of a tidal creek on the Georgia coast that had long been known as Runaway Negro Creek.

The U.S. Board of Geographic Names changed the name to Freedom Creek a year after Georgia lawmakers passed a resolution requesting the switch. Runaway slaves are believed to have crossed the creek near Savannah during the 19th century as they sought freedom in the North.

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The Savannah Morning News reports the federal board, which is responsible for naming geographic features in the U.S., approved the change Thursday.

State Sen. Lester Jackson, a Savannah Democrat, pushed for the name change. He said the old name was culturally insensitive and should be changed to honor the efforts of slaves to become free.