Member Input Requested: Madison County Stream Name Change

CVGA recently received a notice from Cassandra Farrell, Senior Map Archivist at the Library of Virginia, concerning a proposal to change the name of a two mile long stream in Madison County. We are being asked if our members support this change, oppose it or have no opinion. Please read the text below and leave a comment by clicking on the quote bubble at the upper right of this post or send an email to:


“The Virginia Board on Geographic Names recently received a proposal forwarded to us by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names to change the name of Negro Run in Shenandoah National Park to Freedom Run. The stream is a two mile long tributary, flowing southeast into the Robinson River, located wholly within Shenandoah National Park, Madison County, Virginia. Its coordinates are 38.5554013, -78.3516712 (Linear Feature Mouth); 38.5794444, -78.3619444 (Linear Feature Source). On behalf of Sandra Treadway, Librarian and Interim State Archivist at the Library of Virginia, I’m writing to ask whether the members of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association support, oppose or have no opinion regarding changing the name of Negro Run to Freedom Run.
If we don’t hear from you by April 15th we will assume that the Central Virginia Genealogical Association has no objection to this name proposal. Please don’t hesitate to distribute this email to other interested parties.

To review the proposal, please follow the instructions listed below.

To review the principles, policies, and procedures for domestic geographic names adhered to by the USGS Board on Geographic Names, please visit the following link,

The Virginia Board on Geographic Names looks forward to hearing from you.

New BGN Proposal has been submitted. Details follow:
ID number: 8863
Proposed Name: Freedom Run
State: Virginia
Submitter/Preparer: Lisa Wilkolak
Email Address:
Phone Number: 651-428-3008
To review this Name Proposal, click or copy and paste the direct link below into your web browser. Then enter the ID number and Proposed Name EXACTLY as shown above.
Display proposal:


Cassandra Farrell
Senior Map Archivist
Library of Virginia
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219