Confederate Name to Remain in California

( – Across parts of the US South, some cities and states chose to begin removing statues of Confederate leaders during the Civil War. They argued that the monuments glorified those who held black people as slaves. In far-left California, one town tried to take it one step further.

In 1857, Fort Bragg was named after a Confederate general who was also a hero in the Mexican-American War. Bragg was also a slave owner. The California town has a population of approximately 7,000 people. In the wake of the social justice movement that rose up in 2020, some residents decided they wanted to change the name of their community, but could they convince enough people to follow their idea?

The town created a local commission to study the idea and present it to voters. It took about a year and a half, but the community finally decided on the issue. Those in favor of changing the name of Fort Bragg failed to find the support they needed. The debate was challenging and emotional for residents. The polarizing issue ultimately died after 56% of local residents said they didn’t want to change the name of their town.

So, who will be next to decide to cancel their history and champion a change in the name of their town?

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