Dead Negro Draw

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Dead Negro Draw is a valley in Garza and Lynn counties, Texas, in the United States.[1] When wet, the valley contains a stream which runs 3 miles (4.8 km) until it reaches the Double Mountain Fork Brazos River.[2]

It was originally called Dead Nigger Creek until 1963, when the then United States Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall mandated that the word "Nigger" in geographic names on federal maps and other products be changed to "Negro".[3][4] Both names probably commemorate the Buffalo Soldier tragedy of 1877.[5] The name is descriptive of violence which was common on the American frontier.[6]

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Dead Negro Draw
  2. ^ Water-supply Paper. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1920. p. 75.
  3. ^ "Dead Negro Draw". The Handbook of Texas. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  4. ^ United States Board on Geographic Names. 2016. Principles, Policies, and Procedures: Domestic Geographic Names, Version 1.0, p. 15.
  5. ^ "From Negro Creek to Wop Draw, place names offend". NBC News. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  6. ^ Stewart, George R. (1970). Princeton Alumni Weekly, Volume 71. p. 13. PRNC:32101081977066.