US renames Negrohead Mountain after black pioneer





A California peak formerly known as Negrohead Mountain has been officially renamed in honour of the black pioneer who settled there in 1869.

The 619-metre peak near Malibu, became Ballard Mountain after John Ballard, a blacksmith and former slave.

Dozens of Ballard's relatives attended the renaming ceremony on Saturday.

The name originally contained an even more offensive racial slur which appeared on federal maps, but was changed to "negro" in the 1960s.



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