By Maya T. Prabhu
Georgia Archives officials have petitioned the federal government to change the name of a small body of water on Skidaway Island that some find offensive.
Georgia lawmakers approved a resolution in March calling for Runaway Negro Creek to be renamed Freedom Creek. Gov. Nathan Deal signed the legislation in May.
Archives officials sent the petition Dec. 21, nearly eight months after the agency was directed to make the request. Archives officials did not say why it took so long.
Jennifer Runyon, a researcher with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, said now that the board has the petition, the department will investigate making the change. The board is tasked with maintaining uniform usage of geographic names across the country.