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Maryland & # 39; s Highway Administration confirmed that they have taken four signs along Interstate 68 and American alternative route 40 to Negro Mountain

Four road signs pointing to & # 39; Negro Mountain & # 39; have been removed by officials in Maryland because of concerns about racial insensitivity in the name

  • Maryland & # 39; s Highway Administration took four signs along Interstate 68 and the American alternative route 40
  • The agency confirmed that the signs had been removed in April, but would not confirm the reason behind it
  • The ridge of Negro Mountain runs 30 miles through the Allegheny Range and peaks in Pennsylvania
  • Requests to change the name of the mountain date approximately 25 years
  • Although it is not clear where the name origin comes from, it is believed to be named in honor of a black man who died in a fight with Indians in 1756
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Officials in Maryland have removed several road signs that go to & # 39; Negro Mountain & # 39; because of concerns about racial insensitivity in the name.

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Maryland & # 39; s Highway Administration confirmed that they have taken four signs along Interstate 68 and American alternative route 40.

A spokeswoman for the Lora Rakowski agency said the signs were removed in April, but would not confirm the reason behind it.

She said the Highway Administration would collaborate with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and members of the community who would better understand the interests of all stakeholders & # 39 ;.

Maryland & # 39; s Highway Administration confirmed that they have taken four signs along Interstate 68 and American alternative route 40 to Negro Mountain

Maryland & # 39; s Highway Administration confirmed that they have taken four signs along Interstate 68 and American alternative route 40 to Negro Mountain

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The ridge of Negro Mountain runs 30 miles through the Allegheny Range and peaks in Pennsylvania.

It is approximately 85 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and approximately 170 miles west of Baltimore.

Requests to change the name of the mountain date approximately 25 years.

Historian Lynn Bowman told the Cumberland Times News that the origin of the name of the mountain was not immediately known.

She said some stories said it was named in honor of a black man named Nemesis who died in a fight with Indians in 1756.

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It is not clear why it was not called Nemesis Mountain instead.

Lynchings would also have taken place on the mountain.

The ridge of Negro Mountain runs 30 miles through the Allegheny Range and peaks in Pennsylvania. The signs that were removed were posted along Interstate 68 and the American alternative route 40

The ridge of Negro Mountain runs 30 miles through the Allegheny Range and peaks in Pennsylvania. The signs that were removed were posted along Interstate 68 and the American alternative route 40

The ridge of Negro Mountain runs 30 miles through the Allegheny Range and peaks in Pennsylvania. The signs that were removed were posted along Interstate 68 and the American alternative route 40

Previous attempts by some to rename Negro Mountain have failed in the Maryland General Assembly because of the belief that the name was given in honor and historical use of the name.

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Bowman is one of those who insist on changing the name and said it was good that the traffic signs were removed.

& # 39; I'm ready to change it, & # 39; said Bowman.

Greg Wood, associate professor and director of the honors program at Frostburg State University in Maryland, said he understands that the name was offensive to some.

But he said he was in dispute about changing the name because he believes that people still need to know history.

& # 39; It can be an educational moment for people to understand, & # 39; he said.

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