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The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Will Shorten Its Name

HeadlineJun 25, 2020

Rhode Island’s governor has signed an executive order to shorten the state’s name on official documents from “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations” to just “The State of Rhode Island.” State Senator Harold Metts, who is African American, said he will also push to officially change the state’s name, too. Metts said, “The word 'plantations' conjures extremely painful images for many Rhode Islanders.”

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