I seen that and thought it stupid. The name Providence Plantations was the name Rhode Island's founder Roger Williams first settlement. It had nothing to do with slavery. More to do with religious freedoms.
You have this:Following the 1660 restoration of royal rule in England, it was necessary to gain a Royal Charter from King Charles II. Charles was a Catholic sympathizer in staunchly Protestant England, and he approved of the colony's promise of religious freedom. He granted the request with the Royal Charter of 1663, uniting the four settlements together into the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. In the following years, many persecuted groups settled in the colony, notably Quakers and Jews. The Rhode Island colony was very progressive for the time, passing laws abolishing witchcraft trials, imprisonment for debt, most capital punishment, and slavery of both blacks and whites, enacting the first law prohibiting slavery in America on May 18, 1652, more than 210 years before the Emancipation Proclamation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_of_Rhode_Island_and_Providence_Plantations
The change is kind of a slap in the face of Rhode Island's founder. But what the heck. If it makes those who want to eliminate the Providence Plantations name feel better for a few minutes, why not. It certainly won't make any of them in favor one bit better off or those who oppose one bit worse off. It accomplishes nothing in bettering the relations between the races in the U.S.
This whole whoopie do seems stupid to me since the name itself had nothing to do with slavery. Just the name of the first settlement in Rhode Island. Besides, no one knows Providence Plantations is part of Rhode Island's official name. No one is going to miss it.