An ‘oldie but goodie’
The word negro is a perfectly respectable word. It is to be found in anthropology texts and names a division of homo sapiens, Caucasian, Asian, negro, etc. It is also a past and present common surname in Italy. Very early pioneers named Negro settled in what became Selby/Hall townships.
Last spring there was one of the earliest known maps of the area, about 200 years old, posted in a window of the former variety, and there it was; Negro Creek. I remember there being a Negro that lived in Ladd and was a barber. He also served on the county board. His name was Don Negro. It would be interesting to know if he was a descendent of the family for whom the creek was named.
To change the name to Adams-Love, whose only footnote in history was to be shot in a labor argument about 80 years later, would be silly and patronizing. Now that would be playing the race card. Their only qualifying factor was that they were black.
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