Why not just leave anachronistic “plantations” in place where it’s historical and difficult to remove?

Patrick Anderson follows up on the state’s ongoing efforts to change its official name everywhere, following a constitutional edit during the last election:

You don’t have to look too hard to find the words Providence Plantations on state buildings, a year and a half after Rhode Island voters deleted them from the state name.

The phrase is still on the State House’s Smith Street façade, on the marble floor of the rotunda, the façade of the Department of Transportation building and the marble outside the Licht Judicial Complex in Providence.

The picture of the lettering around the seal in the State House rotunda suggests the question posed in this post’s headline.  Buildings, unlike official documents, are historical artifacts, and erasing the past is a dangerous game, especially when it comes at great expense.

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