ATLANTA (February 8, 2018) | Senate resolution 685, sponsored by Sen. Lester Jackson (D- Savannah), advanced through the Senate Urban Affairs Committee on Wednesday. Senate Resolution 685 would rename Runaway Negro Creek in Chatham County to Freedom Creek.
“I am so pleased that this resolution has advanced another step through the committee process,” said Sen. Jackson. “We need to replace this antiquated symbol which one that is more representative of the events of the 1800’s. We will be redefining history by a shining a light on the events that transpired at Freedom Creek and honor the movement of freedom.”
The move to rename this creek on the Georgia coast comes after a public interest meeting during the summer of 2017. Residents in Senate District 2 shared concerns that its current name is culturally insensitive and suggested changing the name to Freedom Creek to more accurately depict the history of the area. SR 685 has now been sent to the Senate Rules Committee for consideration.
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For Immediate Release:
February 8, 2018
Andrew Allison, Broadcast Specialist