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Tue Jun 23, 2020, 01:12 AM

California city of Fort Bragg to consider name change

California city of Fort Bragg to consider name change

22 June 2020

FORT BRAGG, Calif.
A rugged Northern California coastal city named for a Confederate general may ask voters to change its name as people protesting racial inequality and police brutality tear down monuments honoring former Confederate leaders.

The city of Fort Bragg in Mendocino County is named for Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg, who is accused of keeping more than 100 slaves. The city council is debating Monday whether to put the renaming issue to voters through a ballot measure in November.

Fort Bragg was founded in 1857 before the U.S. Civil War by Lt. Horatio G. Gibson, who established a military post to keep control of the Mendocino Indian Reservation. He named it for Bragg, who was his former commanding officer.

The issue of renaming the city of 7,000 people, a popular tourist destination and former lumber town about 165 miles north of San Francisco, cropped up five years ago after a white supremacist killed nine Black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina. City leaders declined to do so at the time.

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https://www.kcra.com/article/california-city-of-fort-bragg-to-consider-name-change/32938458

Note: Fort Bragg was named after Union Colonel, Braxton Bragg, and there was a move to rename Fort Bragg during the Civil War, but it was quietly dropped when the Army abandoned the outpost in 1864.

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