Named for Confederate general, California’s Fort Bragg considers a change

This building is the last remaining structure that was part of the old Fort Bragg. It may have once been a storehouse and commissary, or perhaps the fort’s hospital and surgeon’s quarters. Today, it is home to the local office of U.S. Congressman, Jared Huffman. Credit: Robin Epley, Fort Bragg Advocate-News.

Amid the protests against systemic racism, people across the country are calling for change, including tearing down statues and renaming things commemorating racist historical figures or Confederate war heroes.

That’s happening in California, which fought against the Confederacy and slavery. Fort Bragg, a small town of fewer than 8,000 people in Northern California, is named after a recognized Confederate general. Though the town was named for him before the Civil War. It’s once again facing calls to change its name.

Credits

Guest:
Robin Epley - editor of the Fort Bragg Advocate-News and the Mendocino Beacon

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Angie Perrin