Runyon said the board, which is affected by the partial shutdown of the federal government, likely won’t make a ruling until the spring.
State Sen. Lester Jackson, a Savannah Democrat, sponsored the legislation because he said many local residents found the name of the creek to be culturally insensitive.
Local historians say the creek is named after slaves from the Modena Plantation on Skidaway Island who escaped during the Civil War and tried to cross the water to Union-occupied coastal islands along the river.
A search on Google Maps shows the creek north of the state park on Skidaway.
The shallow creek, surrounded by marsh, snakes its way down from a curve of the Skidaway River near Isle of Hope to a spot farther south on the same river. When the tide is high, boaters use the cut-through to avoid having to adhere to the Isle of Hope Marina’s no-wake zone.
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