5 geographic place names changed to remove the word 'Negro'

The province says five geographic place names in Saint John and Grand Bay-Westfield have been changed to remove the word 'Negro.'

Premier Brian Gallant announced the changes Tuesday as part of the Black History Compilation Project.

Gallant said his government wants to ensure culturally significant geographical places have appropriate names that reflect the importance of black history in the province.

Among the changes announced Tuesday:

  • Little Negro Lake in Grand Bay-Westfield is now called Richards Lake;
  • Negro Lake in Grand Bay-Westfield is now called Corankapone Lake;
  • Negro Brook in Grand Bay-Westfield is now called Black Loyalist Brook;
  • Negro Head in Saint John is now called Lorneville Head; and
  • Negro Point in Saint John is now called Hodges Point.

Last year, the government also changed the name of Negro Brook Road in Kings County to Harriet O'Ree Road.

The province says it has spent $100,000 over the last two years to support project activities and raise public awareness.

Officials say they will work to identify other geographical place names that could be changed.