“Negrohead Mountain” is a 2,031-foot peak in the Santa Monica Mountains named after John Ballard, a black pioneer who moved there in the 1880s. It was originally named “N**gerhead Mountain,” a name that lasted until the 1960s. This past weekend, thanks in large part to some concerned residents and County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, the peak was renamed “Ballard Mountain.” From the LA Times:
On Saturday, about 25 of Ballard’s descendants were among a crowd of 90 who watched as a replica of the plaque was unveiled in Seminole Springs, near the site of his onetime homestead. The real one will be permanently placed next to Kanan Road’s north tunnel on the side of the rugged mountaintop.
Reggie Ballard, the 85-year-old great-grandson of the pioneer, said he was pleased to see the old name wiped away.
“I don’t know what it means to Los Angeles as a whole, but it means a lot to me,” said the retired Los Angeles Fire Department captain who lives in Banning.
Read more about John Ballard here.