Negro Foot, Virginia

Negro Foot is an unincorporated community in Hanover County, Virginia.[1] The community's unusual name as attracted the attention of media commentators.[2]

Negro Foot, Virginia
Unincorporated community
Negro Foot is located in Virginia
Negro Foot
Negro Foot
Negro Foot is located in the United States
Negro Foot
Negro Foot
Coordinates: 37°49′36″N 77°35′52″W / 37.82667°N 77.59778°W / 37.82667; -77.59778Coordinates: 37°49′36″N 77°35′52″W / 37.82667°N 77.59778°W / 37.82667; -77.59778
CountryUnited States
295 ft (90 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
GNIS feature ID1471367[1]

The origin of the name is obscure. Some say the community was named from an incident when a slave's foot was amputated to prevent another escape, while others believe an act of cannibalism caused the name to be selected.[3] The name "Nigger Foot" appears in older publications.[4] A variant name is "Negro".[1]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Negro Foot
  2. ^ "Hinkle: Would you ask a friend to lunch at Negro Foot?". Richmond Times Dispatch. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  3. ^ "It's time to change Virginia's racist place-names". Richmond Times-Dispatch. July 11, 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  4. ^ Biographical Record of Bartholomew County, Indiana: Including Biographies of the Governors and Other Representative Citizens of Indiana. 1904. p. 506.