Name change halts longtime racial slur

Ballard Mountain no longer called ‘Negrohead’

NAME-CALLING—John Ballard as he appeared in the 1880s.

A mountain peak in Lobo Canyon, listed on government documents as “Negrohead Mountain,” has been officially changed to Ballard Mountain in honor of John Ballard, who is said to have been the first African American to settle in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s proposal asking the U.S. Geological Survey to change all maps of the ar...

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