Pennsylvania State Rep. Rosita Youngblood is partnering with Maryland Senator Lisa Gladden to rename Negro Mountain, which–surprise–is an actual 30-mile mountain ridge located between Pennsylvania and Maryland!
It turns out that the mountain is named after Nemesis, a presumably badass slave who perished there in 1756 during the French and Indian War. After fighting back Native Americans, Nemesis’ heroism was “honored” through labeling the region “Negro Mountain.”
Rep. Youngblood told The Inquirer that the mountain “should honor the man, not his skin color.” With their joint effort, Youngblood and Gladden hope to have the name changed to Black Hero Mountain. Youngblood added, “I am not looking to rewrite history. Nobody questions that Nemesis was a brave man, and the intent of naming Negro Mountain was to honor his sacrifice. But we live in different times, where we must recognize the person, not label them by the color of their skin.”
Legislation introduced in the 1990s also tried to have the mountain renamed, however, many residents resisted the name change, and the proposal was later shot down by the U.S. Board of Geographic Names.