State considering change to “Negro Heads” buoy off Branford coast

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) –  State Senator Ted Kennedy Jr. is pushing the state to rename a navigational bouy off the coast of Branford.

The buoy has been identified as U.S. nautical maps as “Negro Heads” for roughly 100 years.  On Wednesday, Kennedy sent a letter to Margaret Thomas, the Connecticut State Geologist, asking for help to have the buoy’s name changed.

“The name of this buoy and the corresponding land mass is antiquated and offensive to me and the citizens of Branford. I believe that this buoy name and other similarly-named landmarks should be changed,” said Senator Kennedy. “This kind of term has no place in our society, and I am eager to work alongside our State Geologist and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to have it removed from our state.”

News 8 contacted the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to ask about Kennedy’s suggestion.

“Senator Kennedy has raised a good point.  We will pursue the process for having this name changed,” said DEEP Communications Director Dennis Schain.

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