Based on a reader’s tip, last week I discovered that Maine’s official registry of coastal islands still contained several with names banned by law decades ago, including three with the “N-word.”
How this could be remains unclear, as I reported in the Portland Press Herald, but the state has taken the registry offline for a full review. (The owners of two of the islands in question had already asked for a name change for them June 30 when they discovered the official names on their own.) Details in the story.
Thanks to New England Cable News for speaking with me for their follow up.
[Update, 7/22/20: I did a follow-up on the state’s response.]