New York Post:
What’s in a name? For the state of Rhode Island, years of acrimony over an official designation with connotations of slavery.
But change is brewing in the union’s smallest state, as Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order Monday taking the “first steps” to change the state’s full name: “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”
The “plantations” portion has come under increased scrutiny following widespread protests after the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
The order, Executive Order 20-48, will change the name to just “Rhode Island” in official communications from the governor’s office — including future executive orders, citations and letterhead. It also calls on all state executive agencies to remove “plantations” from their websites.