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Utah’s Negro Bill Canyon will keep name after Grand County vote

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Posted at 8:25 AM, Aug 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-05 10:25:02-04

MOAB, Utah – Negro Bill Canyon will keep its name in southern Utah.

The Grand County Council voted 4-3 against changing the name Tuesday night.

Councilwoman Mary McGann was seeking to change the name in light of renewed national scrutiny of the Confederate flag.

The Moab canyon is named for William Granstaff, a black cowboy who ran cattle there in the 1870s.

Jeanetta Williams with the Salt Lake chapter of the NAACP said the name isn’t offensive and represents a black historical figure.

McGann said after this year’s election, she will try to pass the proposal again.