New name for Negro Mountain

February 22, 2011

I am in the minority favoring change of the name Negro Mountain to identify the man whose courage and sacrifice so inspired a community they wanted to name a mountain after him, but could not ("Tribute questioned: 'Negro Mountain' called an honor, others see racism," Feb. 21). History would be lost if statues and tributes to another frontiersman, Daniel Boone, were simply titled, "Some White Dude." So among the options, "Black Brother Bump" or "African-American Apex," I favor "Nemesis Mountain" with or without the caveat "previously known as Negro Mountain" to honor the individual, even if this is just a nickname, for a name lost in time.

Catherine J. Klein, Columbia

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