Proper use of the name “Negro”
Rick Perry is jawing about the name of his hunting lodge, “Niggerhead,” that he eventually painted over, he said. Who named it that? Who painted that sign? What was the purpose?
There is a mountain in West Virginia called Negro Mountain. It is in coal country. Given that coal is black, did someone name the mountain because it appeared black? Why was it called “Negro”
Is “negro” a bad name?
When I was raised in north central Ohio, there were no Negroes, no colored people of any kind. The only black character that I knew was “Little Black Sambo,” and he ate pancakes. I think he was from India.
My town and my culture included Quakers. Quakers hosted the Underground Railroad in my part of Ohio. The “coloreds” or the “negroes” settled in a nearby town where trains came through.
When we moved to the city, a boy next door became my best friend. He was a handsome kid with a little dark complexion like his mother. His brother was a little darker. His dad was white. One day, he took me to his aunts’ house and introduced me to two lovely black women. My best friend was black and white.
I was taught not look at people as a race as much as seeing them as persons.
In my Mother’s family who came from deep southern Virginia, her family lived on an old plantation where there were Negroes and Cherokees all living together. Her family was mixed, and while they were predominantly white, there were exceptions and as rule, people didn’t judge one another by their color, more by how hard they worked.
Here is a story about an entire mountain named “Negro,” more than just a rock at a hunting lodge.
“The Naming of Negro Mountain. Nemesis, a black frontiersman, was killed here while fighting Indians with Maryland frontiersman Thomas Cresap in the 1750s. Legend tells us that he had a premonition of his death. In his honor, they named this mountain after him.”
A member of a dark-skinned group of peoples originally native to Africa south of the Sahara.
Of or relating to such people.
black – darkey”
“Negro Mountain Summit - West Virginia Mountain Peak Information
Negro Mountain Details
Negro Mountain is a mountain summit in Monroe County in the state of West Virginia (WV). Negro Mountain climbs to 2,835 feet (864.11 meters) above sea level. Negro Mountain is located at latitude - longitude coordinates (also called lat - long coordinates or GPS coordinates) of N 37.644013 and W -80.290341.
Anyone attempting to climb Negro Mountain and reach the summit should look for detailed information on the Negro Mountain area in the topographic map (topo map) and the Glace USGS quad. To hike and explore the West Virginia outdoors near Negro Mountain, check the list of nearby trails.
The Highest Point on the National Road
Inscription. You have reached the highest point on the National Road. Here, in the far western mountains of Maryland is the backbone of eastern America. In 1817, the National Road construction crew took on the challenge of crossing this tough terrain by laying a crushed stone road surface and building a stone bridge over nearby Puzzley Run.
By the 1930s, the National Road evolved into an asphalt and concrete ribbon. This improved road surface inspired a new generation of travelers to “hit the road,” and a new road culture began to emerge. Although the curves were straightened, and the grade a bit gentler, travel was still tough over Negro Mountain.
At almost 3000 feet, this is the highest point on the National Road through all six states. Descending Negro Mountain required early drivers to pay close attention to their brakes.
High Point camp catered to travelers that commonly packed camping gear and joined other auto campers in grounds provided by entrepreneurs.
The Naming of Negro Mountain. Nemesis, a black frontiersman, was killed here while fighting Indians with Maryland frontiersman Thomas Cresap in the 1750s. Legend tells us that he had a premonition of his death. In his honor, they named this mountain after him.”"