The smallest state in the nation bears the longest name: “State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.” Rhode Island voters this Election Day have the chance to strike the last part – “and Providence Plantations” – from the state’s full name.
This year’s Question 1 ballot proposition asks voters whether to amend the state Constitution and trim that name to simply “State of Rhode Island.”
“Nobody is trying to eradicate the history that has been in play,” said Democratic state Rep. Anastasia Williams of Providence, who worked to get the question placed on the ballot this year following George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police and is now working with the “Yes on 1” campaign. “But we need to present the true and accurate history of it entirely, as opposed to just bits and pieces.”
Williams added: “If you don’t believe that that word has a life, a real dark painfu