Vaughan is named after a racist slaveowner and people are calling for a name change

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As people across the country continue to demand that statues and city names honouring racist historical figures be changed and removed, many have been shocked to find out that the City of Vaughan is actually named after a notorious slave owner. 

Benjamin Vaughan was born to British parents in Jamaica and eventually became a political economist, merchant and medical doctor.

He was also a fierce defender of the slave trade and owned several hundred slaves throughout his lifetime. 

Various places have been named in Vaughan's honour despite this appalling fact, including a few locations in Maine as well as a Toronto road, TDSB facility and an entire city in Ontario. 

In other words, at least three locations have been named after this one slave owner within the province.

Some residents have taken to social media in recent days to express their shock in discovering this fact, and a few have been even more surprised to find out that the City of Vaughan renamed a civic holiday after him back in 2013. 

The first Monday in August is a civic holiday in Ontario, and though its official name is Simcoe Day, Vaughan city council dedicated this holiday to its namesake in December of 2013.