lisa_gladden_web.jpgCUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) _ A state senator from Baltimore says she wants a commission created to rename Negro Mountain in western Maryland.

Democrat Lisa Gladden said Monday her bill would have both Negro and Polish mountains renamed by the end of this year.

Gladden says the name Negro Mountain has irked her since she first saw it in 1998. Historians say it is meant to honor the heroism during the French and Indian War of a free black man named Nemesis.

Gladden says perhaps it should be called Mount Nemesis, then. She says the word “Negro'' has often carried negative connotations about African-Americans.

A federal naming committee upheld the name Negro Mountain more than 15 years ago, concluding that it was not applied in a derogatory sense.