Skidaway Island’s Runaway Negro Creek officially renamed

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A small body of water, formerly known as Runaway Negro Creek, on Skidaway Island has a new name.

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names tells News 3 they officially changed the name to Freedom Creek at a meeting last Thursday.

According to the department’s website, the new name honors the creek which “was reportedly used by enslaved people to escape to freedom.”

“The decision was made in agreement with the recommendations of the Georgia State Senate, the Georgia State Geographic Names Authority, and the Chatham County Board of Commissioners,” a spokesperson for the board stated.

Sen. Lester Jackson (D-Savannah), sponsored the Senate resolution to rename the creek.

“This is an important first step towards recognizing that there many symbolic holdovers from Georgia’s antiquated past that need addressing,” the senator stated last year after the resolution passed the Senate.

The board has updated the name in their database, and a spokesperson said future editions of Federal maps will reflect that change as well.

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