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 on Monday taking the “first steps” to change the state’s full name: “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”
The “plantations” part of the name has come under increased scrutiny following widespread protests after the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.