I’m not big on gratuitous name changes for areas of the country with a rich history, but this one is probably, ya know, a good idea:
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is expected Tuesday to call for Negrohead Mountain near Seminole Hot Springs to be renamed in honor of local African American pioneer John Ballard.
At the request of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, the board will consider sending a formal proposal to the United States Board of Geographic Names to have the name changed to Ballard Mountain.
Joel Bellman, spokesman for Yaroslavsky, called the 2,031-foot mountain’s current name “dated.”
Wasn’t “Negrohead Mountain” that blaxploitation film about gay African-American sheep herders? Yeah, the name change is probably a good idea.