The U.S. Board on Geographic Names voted Thursday to rename a Savannah, Georgia waterway called Runaway Negro Creek one year after residents lobbied to replace the insensitive term, CNN reports
The name has been changed to Freedom Creek because Modena Plantation slaves are believed to have crossed the tidal creek during the 19th century as they sought freedom in the North.
“We need to replace this antiquated symbol with one that is more representative of the events of the 1800s. We will be redefining history by shining a light on the events that transpired at Freedom Creek and honor the movement of freedom,” Sen. Lester Jackson said in 2018. Jackson, a Democrat from Savannah, was a major voice in arguing for the name change, The Grio reports.
U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, a Republican, agreed, saying, “This name change is certainly welcome news. The previous name has no place in our society. I am very glad our community came together at the local, state and federal levels to make this happen.”