Blumenthal joins push to change racially offensive buoy name

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HARTFORD — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is adding his name to the push to change the racially offensive names that have been attached for more than a century to an underwater rock formation and navigational buoy in Long Island Sound.

State Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. reached out earlier this month to request state and federal help to change the name of the features off Branford known as “Negro Heads Rocks” and “Negro’s Head Buoy.”

Blumenthal, a fellow Democrat, asked in a letter Wednesday for the U.S. Geological Survey to change the names. He said the names could encourage prejudice especially because their official designation implies government endorsement.

A spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has said the state will do what it can to help change the name.