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Maryland highway agency removes 'Negro Mountain' road signs

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Posted at 5:21 PM, Sep 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-09 17:26:41-04

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — Maryland's Highway Administration has removed several road signs for "Negro Mountain" over concerns about racial insensitivity in the name.

Agency spokeswoman Lora Rakowski confirmed to news outlets Sunday that four signs along Interstate 68 and U.S. Alternate Route 40 were removed in April.

Historian Lynn Bowman told the newspaper the origin of the mountain's name is unknown, but some accounts refer to it being named after a black man who died in a battle with Native Americans.