Posted on September 11, 2019

Maryland State Highway Administration Removes Signs Leading to ‘Negro Mountain’

Jon Brown, Washington Examiner, September 9, 2019

A spokesperson for the Maryland State Highway Administration confirmed that it removed four road signs pointing the way to Negro Mountain in Pennsylvania.


Maryland SHA spokeswoman Lora Rakowski finally confirmed Sunday that the state government had indeed taken the signs down for the sake of racial sensitivity, {snip}.

Historians remain uncertain how the 2,740-foot peak, which lies along the Allegheny mountain range in Elk Lick Township, Pennsylvania, about 30 miles south of Somerset, earned its name. Some speculate that it was named for a black man who was killed fighting a band of Native Americans, and others posit that lynchings took place there.