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In June 2020, the Fort Bragg City Council initiated an Ad Hoc Commission to look into changing the city’s name in the light of renewed anti-racism activism across the country in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd. The Council charged the citizen’s commission “to determine the best model for creating a Citizens Commission that would not only provide a recommendation on the best path forward for the name change matter but also address the deeper systemic issue of racism.”
It appears the Commission, which has been meeting privately, will present its report to the City Council at their meeting scheduled for January 24, at 6 p.m.
Those of us who have been publicly working for a name change that would no longer honor the Confederate General and slaver, Braxton Bragg, and remove the title Fort, with its references to the historical genocide of local indigenous people, hope the Commission’s report and the City Council’s action on it will move the city away from these symbols of racism.
The Commission may have many good ideas which we look forward to implementing. It may be too much, however, to expect them to suggest the name change we have been working towards. I urge people to attend the January 24 City Council meeting by zooUm. Info: https://cityfortbragg.legistar.com/DepartmentDetail.aspx?ID=22597&GUID=BDACD7EE-A0E9-4878-9D35-85726278FB63
However, to work for an immediate change to our city’s name please find more information at www.changeournamefortbragg.com