SALT LAKE CITY – The renewed national scrutiny of the Confederate flag has Utah officials again considering changing the name of the picturesque Negro Bill Canyon. But the title that some find offensive is a point of historical pride for others.
Grand County Councilwoman Mary McGann said Wednesday that the southern Utah canyon named after a black cowboy whose cattle grazed there in the 1870s is outdated at best. She wants the council to recommend a change to the U.S. Board of Geographic Names.
But Salt Lake City NAACP president Jeanetta Williams says the name isn't offensive. She's drumming up support to keep it because the name makes it clear that the canyon is named for a black historical figure.
The canyon is a popular hiking spot in Moab, about 230 miles south of Salt Lake City.