No. "Negro" was the standard term used in English for any black person from the 16th century down to the 50s or 60s, especially in the US. It means black in Spanish. It's come to be regarded as unacceptable because it was generally rejected by the people subject to the name, largely because of its association with a period of oppression for them.
However, it strikes me as faintly ridiculous to waste money on altering gravestones in this way, especially when it's only a place-name. Editing history because you don't like it now is no better than censorship.
Are they? I thought they were removing "Negro Hill." If it actually is the N-word, I might have a bit more sympathy.
edited 27th May '11 12:33:57 PM by captainbrass2