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Antigua to rename peak Mount Obama on birthday

The Associated Press    Translate This Article
20 January 2009

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (AP) - Antigua plans to give the new U.S. president its 'top' honor on his birthday: renaming its tallest peak Mount Obama.

Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer says the Caribbean nation will rename Boggy Peak, as it is currently known, on Aug. 4 to mark President Barack Obama's 48th birthday.

He first announced the plan in November in a congratulatory letter to Obama but didn't say when it would happen. He revealed the date on Tuesday.

Spencer said he joined 'people of color all over the world, and indeed all people' in celebrating Obama's inauguration.

Boggy Peak rises 1,300 feet (396 meters) over Antigua's southern point and is popular with hikers.

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