California city named for Confederate general declines to change name

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A California city named after a Confederate general will keep its name after a year of debate.

Fort Bragg, which is named for the slaveholding southern general Braxton Bragg, established a citizen’s commission to study a name change after the 2020 death of George Floyd.

The city of 7,300, which is on the northern California coast, was established in 1857 and used as a military post to help quell rebellious Native American populations, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported.

The question of whether to keep the controversial name had sparked passionate divisions, and no consensus has been achieved, the group said.

“As a commission, we came to the conclusion that, at this time, because the citizens are so divided, this commission cannot unanimously recommend a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’,” commissioner Cesar Yanez, told the city council this week, The Guardian reported.

Braxton Bragg
The city is named for the slaveholding southern general Braxton Bragg.
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During their inquiry, the commission did agree to a number of other ideas for correcting what they said were past injustices toward native populations, including the restitution of land to coastal tribes and new agreements recognizing tribal sovereignty.

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