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Vermont Brook’s Offensive Name Is Changed After Months of Discussion

The name of a small waterway in southeastern Vermont has been changed after a state committee determined the previous name was a relic of history that needed to be thrown out to ensure a welcoming atmosphere to everyone.

The Vermont Board of Libraries, which is in charge of what to call mountains, lakes and other natural features in the state, voted Tuesday to change the name of Negro Brook, which winds its way around the base of Bald Mountain and through Townshend State Park in Windham County.

This week’s meeting, which is viewable online , ended with the official name of the brook changing to Huzzy Brook, honoring James and Susanna Huzzy. The couple were Black residents of the area before the Civil War.

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