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Utah's Negro Bill Canyon Will Keep Name

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials have rebuffed a new push to change the name of a southern Utah canyon that's offensive to some but a point of historical pride for the state's largest NAACP chapter.

The Grand County Council voted 4-3 Tuesday to keep the name Negro Bill Canyon, which was dubbed for a black cowboy whose cattle grazed there in the 1870s, councilwoman Mary McGann said.

Amid renewed national scrutiny of the Confederate flag, she had pushed to change a name that she says is offensive and outdated.

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Jeanetta Williams, president of the Salt Lake City chapter of the NAACP, opposed the effort. She says the name isn't offensive and is instead a point of pride because it makes clear the canyon is named for a black historical figure.

McGann says the councilmembers who wanted to keep the name cited the support of the Salt Lake NAACP.