Rhode Island is moving toward changing its official name — “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations” — due to its slavery connotations.
And last week, the Rhode Island Legislature signaled it will move forward with state Senate legislation to get a referendum on the name change on the November ballot. The state’s only Black state senator, Harold Metts, introduced the bill.
“Whatever the meaning of the term ‘plantations’ in the context of Rhode Island’s history, it carries a horrific connotation when considering the tragic and racist history of our nation,” Metts said in a statement last week, according to the Providence Journal.
The governor’s office also plans to label stationery with only the text “State of Rhode Island” “as soon as practicable.” All executive agencies will also remove the word “plantations” from their websites, stationery, electronic letterhead and all official correspondence.
Source: The Hill