In the United States, 10 military bases are still named after Confederate Generals during the Civil War. All of them are in the south. As America is increasingly struggling with any manifestations of racism, these bases can be renamed – like the city in California.
Fort Bragg, located in Mendocino County on the Northern California coast, will address this issue at an upcoming City Council meeting. Authorities want to get rid of any connotations associated with Confederate Army General Braxton Bragg, says Mayor Will Lee.
The city council will discuss whether it is worth holding a referendum on changing the name of the city in November so that residents can make a decision.
Fort Bragg, with a population of 7,300, was founded before the Civil War as a US Army fort, and was later named after its commander, General Braxton Bragg. He eventually left the South Army after losing at the Battle of Chattanooga, and worked as a civil engineer in Alabama and Texas.