Rhode Island is no longer the “smallest state with the longest name.”

Voters in the Ocean State, formerly known as “Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,” approved a ballot measure to remove “and Providence Plantations” from the state’s official name.

The referendum was introduced in the state senate by Rhode Island’s sole Black senator, Harold Metts, in the wake of the George Floyd protests earlier this year. At the time, Metts called the name “a hurtful term to so many of us” due to the word “plantation” and its connotations of slavery.

Early results show that 52.9 percent of voters approved the change.

Officials say they plan in the coming weeks to assess all state property in order to remove the words “Providence Plantations” – including on the 116-year old State House’s grand marble facade.

Rhode Island’s name change joins a growing list of other successful ballot measures this year, including legalized marijuana in five states and a new flag for Mississippi.

This is an excerpt from the New York Post. For the full version, click here.

  • Rose says:

    This is exactly what’s wrong with people today. You are so worried about a stupid name and yet not worry about what is going on in this country with all these socialists in government. Grow up, get some balls and do something really meaningful. You people are still slaves to these morons. They are holding on to your feet for a lousy freeby. You care so much about freedom, then fight for it against all these socialists wearing sheeps mask.

  • REFUSETOACCEPT says:

    I would be willing to bet if their Ancestors were able to see what their offspring’s were doing in their name they would be so up set. In my eyes I do believe if they could come back they would tell them how wrong they are in using their hard work and names to get money they have not earned. There is no free money for anyone in the USA, you want money work for it or go find a place that will treat you better

  • Suzanne says:

    Its hurtful to people 116 yrs later?? This crap has got to stop.