Fort Bragg Commission Split on Name Change


A Fort Bragg citizens commission cannot agree on whether or not to rename the city. Fort Bragg was named after Confederate General Braxton Bragg in 1857 as a military outpost. Bragg had a sugar plantation and personally owned more than 100 slaves. The citizens commission was formed in 2020 during the nation’s collective attempt to confront racism and our country’s history of slavery after the murder of George Floyd. The commission told the Fort Bragg City Council that they could not come to a unanimous decision as to whether or not to rename the town. The closest vote in favor of a name change was 6 to 4. An informal survey to residents got over 1600 responses. 56-percent voiced opposition towards a name change while 32.5 percent voted for it. The commission did unanimously agree on several other recommendations aimed mostly at redressing wrongs to the coast Indian tribes.