Gov. Jared Polis on Friday introduced the members of a brand new advisory board that may take a look at renaming Colorado roads, mountains, passes and landmarks which honor problematic figures within the state’s historical past.
The Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board, in tandem with the USA Board on Geographic Names, will consider proposals for brand spanking new names and make suggestions to the governor, in accordance with a information launch from the governor’s workplace.
The board is made up of 12 individuals, half of whom will serve a two-year time period, whereas the opposite half will serve 4 years. They embody state and native lawmakers and a member of the Colorado Fee on Indian Affairs, in addition to representatives from the tourism, out of doors recreation and geological industries. Two members have backgrounds in race or ethnic research.
Earlier this month, Polis introduced the creation of the board to rethink the state’s historic markers, which got here amid a nationwide looking on race within the wake of George Floyd’s dying by the hands of a Minneapolis cops. The transfer additionally got here every week after protesters tore down a Civil Battle statue in entrance of the Capitol constructing and one other honoring Christopher Columbus in Civic Middle.
As statues started to fall, Denver introduced a renaming fee to judge lots of of landmarks in an effort to alter the best way the town’s historical past is advised.
Fourteen petitions are pending to rename places in Colorado, together with Mount Evans in Clear Creek County, Redskin Mountain in Jefferson County and Squaw Mountain in Clear Creek County.
The board members are:
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Efficient August 1, 2020 for phrases expiring on August 1, 2022:
State Rep. Perry Will, New Fort, Republican
State Rep. Adrienne Benavidez, Democrat
State Rep. Thomas “Tony” Exum, Colorado Springs, Democrat
Junie Joseph, Boulder, native authorities consultant
Richard Cimino, Fraser, native authorities representatitve
Kathryn Redhorse, Denver, Colorado Fee on Indian Affairs
Efficient August 1, 2020 for phrases expiring at August 1, 2024:
William Wei, Lafayette, Colorado, Historical past Colorado
Patricia Limerick, Boulder, Middle of the American West
Karen Ann Berry, Wheat Ridge, Colorado Geological Survey
Luis Benitez, Littleton, tourism and out of doors recreation business consultant
Charleszine “Terry” Nelson, Aurora, particular assortment and neighborhood useful resource supervisor for the Blair-Caldwell African American Analysis Library
Nicki Gonzales, Arvada, Colorado, Historical past Colorado’s State Historian’s Council and Regis College affiliate professor historical past and vice provost for range and inclusion