Fort Bragg, North Carolina loses its Confederate name and becomes Fort Liberty

(Reuters) – Fort Bragg, the U.S. Army base in North Carolina that is among the world’s largest military installations, was officially renamed Fort Liberty on Friday, part of a wider effort to rename the named bases for Confederate officers.

A congressional commission last year recommended new names for nine bases that honored Confederate officers, after nationwide protests following the 2020 police killing of George Floyd prompted the military to re-examine its history through the prism of race.

In a video Friday announcing the change, the military said the base was the only one named after a value rather than a person.

“No value has proven more integral to the United States and the history of its military than freedom,” the video reads.

Established in 1918, the North Carolina base was originally named after General Braxton Bragg, who served in the Confederate Army during the 19th century American Civil War. It is home to airborne and special operations forces and is home to 53,700 troops, according to its website.

The next base to be renamed will be Fort Polk in Louisiana, which will become Fort Johnson later this month in honor of Henry Johnson, a black soldier praised for his heroism in combat during World War I.

(Reporting by Joseph Axe; Additional reporting by Tyler Clifford; Editing by Bill Berkrot)

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