Wiping Out Confederate Names

Harry Lane Peace Center

Posted on February 13, 2019 by Royal Rosamond Press

“Retired Army Brig. Gen. Ty Seidule, vice-chair of the commission, said the final cost for all of its renaming recommendations will be $62,450,030. The total for the latest changes announced Tuesday is $40,957,729, and is included in that amount.”

Erasing the names of Confederates from Federal property will cost 62$ million. The price tag keeps going up.

I wish I had known about the naming of the new streets at the Waterfront Park. I would have suggested ‘Harry Lane ‘ in order to defer the cost of removing the LANE NAME from Lane County – RECORDS. A plaque could be put on Harry’s street that says…..

“The sins of the grandfather will not be visited on the grandson!”

Good Ol Harry seems to have been a Woke Kind of guy! Perhaps we can remove the name of the black man who JUST had a house on the river, but, did nothing historic? Wily Griffon was probably a cool guy. I’m sure he wouldn’t mine. We got the Mim’s House – and there is a Annie Mim Garden! We can put Ol Wily’s name on the wall of the Harry Lane Peace Center I am pushing.

“Wily was so cool to allow Harry’s name on the street that was named for him – for a little while!”

Wait a minute! Why not change Annie Mim’s LANE – to Harry LANE? What did Annie do to deserve all this historic attention? Can someone – tell me? Let’s – talk! Let’s have a – DEBATE!

John Presco

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From 1936 until the late 1960s, a guide called the “Green Book” was published to help Black travelers find safe homes and hotels to stay in as they journeyed across the country. Although it was never included in the book, the Mims House in Eugene was one of those safe harbors. Purchased in 1948 by C.B. and Annie Mims, the house hosted dozens of African American travelers, including college athletes and touring musicians like Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, and Ella Fitzgerald, who were not welcome in the towns and hotels where they performed.

Downtown Riverfront – Name Our Streets!

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Consultation has concluded

Mayor Vinis reveals new Downtown Riverfront street names

Thank you again to everyone who participated in the Downtown Riverfront street naming project!

After an engaging process that generated more than 1,100 ideas from community members, Mayor Vinis revealed the final street names:

  • Annie Mims Lane
  • Nak-nak Avenue
  • Wiley Griffon Way

About the street names

  • Annie Mims and her husband were one of the first African American families to own a home in Eugene. At a time when African Americans were excluded from living in the city limits and redlining was rampant, the Mims’ opened their doors to others in need of a place to stay when hotels and businesses refused service to African American people. A historical marker, “the Mims Houses Memorial Monument”, sits between E. 3rd Avenue and E. 4th Avenue at 330/336 High St. Prior to purchasing their home, the Mims lived outside the city limits in a settlement “Across the Bridge” (now Alton Baker Park and MLK Blvd) with other African American families who came seeking post WWII jobs. Their homes “across the bridge” were bulldozed and families displaced for the reconstruction of the Ferry Street Bridge in 1950.
  • Nak-nak (pronounced knawk-knawk) is the indigenous Kalapuya word for “duck.” Indigenous Kalapuya occupied much of our area until the 1830s, when many died of infectious diseases brought to the area by white explorers and traders. In 1855 the Kalapuya Treaty was signed handing over much of the Willamette Valley to the United States. At the time of the treaty, it’s estimated that only 400 Kalapuya remained.
  • Wiley Griffon was among Eugene’s earliest documented African American residents. He drove Eugene’s first horse drawn streetcar system and later worked as a janitor at the University of Oregon. He remarkably owned a home near the Riverfront at what is presently E. 4th and Mill during a time when African American people were excluded by law from living not only in the city limits, but in the state of Oregon.

Thank you again for participating in this process to name our new streets!

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Rename Franklin Street – Harry Lane

Posted on February 4, 2019 by Royal Rosamond Press

The City of Springfield has the opportunity right a great wrong. I suggest Franklin Street be renamed Harry Lane Way, because Harry’s grandfather was one of the world’s greatest racist and pro-slavery candidates. Joseph Lane led wars against Native Americans. This renaming can get national attention. This is much more that bringing down a Confederate statue. If the change is not possible, perhaps there is going to be a new street by the river, that can bare the name, Harry Lane. A plaque can explain why. Erasing the name Lane from all public records, would be impossible. Harry is a symbol of progress, that trumps Joseph’s history. Harry Lane was a Pacifist, and perhaps the first Democratic Progressive.

“Lane was one of a tiny handful of federal legislators who, for reasons of principle or partisanship, fought as hard as they could to prevent President Woodrow Wilson from taking the country into the fight.”


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At a Sept. 14 virtual town hall meeting, Fort Bragg Curator and Archeologist Linda Carnes-McNaughton, Retired Major General Rodney Anderson, and Fort Bragg Garrison Commander Scott Pence listen to comments from citizens about possible new names for the base.
At a Sept. 14 virtual town hall meeting, Fort Bragg Curator and Archeologist Linda Carnes-McNaughton, Retired Major General Rodney Anderson, and Fort Bragg Garrison Commander Scott Pence listen to comments from citizens about possible new names for the base.

A federal commission is soliciting ideas to rename Fort Bragg, Fort Hood, Fort Rucker, Fort Lee, and several other military posts named for Confederate officers.

The federal commission charged with recommending new names for nine military bases across the South now named for Confederate officers is getting thousands of suggestions.

The commission began asking for ideas from the public last month on its website, and members have been visiting base communities as part of its charge to take into account local preferences. The commission’s chairwoman is a retired admiral, Michelle Howard.

“We have heard directly from local chambers of commerce, historical genealogy societies, Rotary clubs, school board officials, local national special interest groups, church leaders, business and many other organizations,” Howard said.

She spoke during an online news conference after the commission submitted a progress report to Congress. Its final recommendations are due in a year. Howard said the commission will stop accepting suggestions Dec. 1 and begin narrowing the list.

Names starting to emerge fall into several categories:

  • Those of people – like heroes or key leaders associated with a base,
  • Inspiring words, like “victory,”
  • Some aspect of local geography,
  • Something that describes the base’s military role.

Fort Bragg, N.C., for example, is gathering suggestions and running a Facebook poll on some possibilities, including Fort Liberty, Fort Sandhills, and the Airborne and Special Operations Base.

Meanwhile, some locals have suggested the military could save money by simply saying Fort Bragg is now named for Union General Edward Bragg of Wisconsin, instead of his cousin, Confederate General Braxton Bragg.

Howard said the commission will consider all suggestions, but a similar idea came up during a community meeting at Fort Gordon in Georgia, and it wasn’t universally popular.

“There were other members of the community then who then stood up and said, ‘You know, if you do that, there’s some of us who would like to see new names, and if you use the same name, even with a different human, in a different context of time, then you almost undo what they thought the intention of the law is,’” Howard said. “So, I took that to heart, hearing a member of the community say that.”

Maintaining the Bragg name also doesn’t impress Dan McNeill, a retired four-star general who held a host of roles at Fort Bragg. McNeill helps lead a citizen’s committee assembled by base leaders to act as liaison to the community on the renaming.

“Is that all you got? What’s the connection with Fort Bragg? He was a Union guy? I mean, I think we can do better than that,” McNeill said. “I think we need to work a little harder. We need to think.”

During a virtual town hall last month for Fort Bragg, local residents offered several ideas.

Vicki Andrews was one of two people to lobby for Dr. Mary Walker, the only woman to win the Medal of Honor.

“She worked for the Union Army, but she also cared for Confederate soldiers. And so, in all the things that you have to consider… It’s 2021,” Andrews said. “We need to make sure we at least consider this powerful woman.”

The Fort Bragg town hall also drew several angry text comments against renaming the base at all. Commission leaders have stressed that decision already has been made. Congress overwhelmingly passed a law last year mandating the changes.

But things have been tamer in some base towns.

“What I have observed, really and truly, has not been much talk about it,” said William Cooper, the mayor of Enterprise, Ala., one of several municipalities that encircle Fort Rucker.

Cooper said locals want input and have offered several ideas. But he said the important thing is that the base’s military role and its overwhelming local economic impact aren’t changing.

“We will just continue to support the base, whatever the name is,” Cooper said. “Of course, its mission is to train aviators, so, really and truly, that won’t have no effect on that, you know. So whatever name is all right with us.”

And whatever that new name turns out to be, it and the others have to be in place by 2024.

This story was produced by the American Homefront Project, a public media collaboration that reports on American military life and veterans.Funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The graves of Confederate soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery’s Section 16, an area reserved for soldiers who fought for the South during the U.S. Civil War, in Virginia. (Kyodo, AP)

WASHINGTON — An independent commission is recommending that the Confederate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery be dismantled and taken down, as part of its final report to Congress on the renaming of military bases and assets that commemorate the Confederacy.

Retired Army Brig. Gen. Ty Seidule, vice-chair of the commission, said the final cost for all of its renaming recommendations will be $62,450,030. The total for the latest changes announced Tuesday is $40,957,729, and is included in that amount.

The latest group of assets includes everything from the Arlington memorial, two Navy ships and some Army vessels to street signs, water towers, athletic fields, hospital doors and even decals on recycling bins, according to the panel.

The bulk of the remaining costs — or $21,041,301 — would cover the renaming of nine Army bases, and about $450,000 for recommended new names at the U.S. Military at West Point in New York.

The statue, unveiled in 1914, features a bronze woman, crowned with olive leaves, standing on a 32-foot pedestal, and was designed to represent the American South. According to Arlington, the woman holds a laurel wreath, a plow stock and a pruning hook, with a Biblical inscription at her feet that says: “They have beat their swords into plough-shares and their spears into pruning hooks.”

The pedestal features 14 shields, engraved with the coats of arms of the 13 Confederate states and Maryland, which didn’t secede or join the Confederacy. Some of the figures also on the statue include a slave woman depicted as “Mammy” holding what is said to be the child of a white officer, and an enslaved man following his owner to war.

And the Latin inscription translates to: “The victorious cause was pleasing to the gods, but the lost cause to Cato,” and was meant to equate the South’s secession to a noble “lost cause.”

Seidule said the panel decided early on to propose new names only for the nine Army bases. It said that the Navy secretary has the authority to rename the two ships, which are the USS Chancellorsville and USNS Maury. The Chancellorsville was named for the Civil War battle and the Maury was named after a Confederate soldier.

He said the service secretaries can find new names for the handful of Army ships and the Air Force’s Fort Fisher Recreation Area in North Carolina. The panel recommended that the defense secretary rename Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

The panel’s most sweeping recommendations were released in May, and laying out new names for nine U.S. Army bases that commemorated Confederate officers: Fort Bragg in North Carolina; Fort Benning and Fort Gordon in Georgia; Fort A.P. Hill, Fort Lee and Fort Pickett in Virginia; Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Polk in Louisiana and Fort Rucker in Alabama.




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The recommendations are the latest step in a broader effort by the military to confront racial injustice, most recently in the aftermath of the May 2020 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

For years, U.S. military officials had defended the naming of bases after Confederate officers. As recently as 2015 the Army argued that the names did not honor the rebel cause but were a gesture of reconciliation with the South.

But in the aftermath of the Floyd killing, and the months of racial unrest that followed, the Pentagon and Congress pushed for a comprehensive plan to rename the military posts and hundreds of other federal assets such as roads, buildings, memorials, signs and landmarks that honored rebel leaders.

The secretary of defense is expected to implement the commission’s plan no later than Jan. 1, 2024.

The panel also is recommending that the department set up a process to try and save money and efficiently change the names. And it said the secretary of defense should authorize the military service secretaries and other leaders to remove smaller items —- such as portraits, plaques and awards — that honor the Confederacy or those who served in it.

Created in 2020, the Naming Commission first met in March 2021 and began taking name recommendations from the public in September. Overall, the commission received more than 34,000 potential names for the nine Army bases.

Seidule said that some of the names that were not used can be used by the service secretaries as they determine new names for roads and other base locations and assets.

Navy should rename warship that honors Confederate victory, commission recommends (msn.com)

An independent commission is recommending the Navy scrap the name of a guided-missile cruiser that honors a Confederate battlefield victory, part of a broader effort to scrub the names of Confederate leaders from Defense Department property.

Renaming Army Bases That Honor Confederates Would Cost $21M | Military.com

High cost to rename Confederate bases | Local News | dailycitizen.news

Military renaming panel advises removal of Confederate statue at Arlington National Cemetery – Daily Press

WASHINGTON — An independent commission is recommending that the Confederate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery be dismantled and taken down, as part of its final report to Congress on the renaming of military bases and assets that commemorate the Confederacy.

Panel members on Tuesday rolled out the final list of ships, base roads, buildings and other items that they said should be renamed. But unlike the commission’s recommendations earlier this year laying out new names for nine Army bases, there were no suggested names for the roughly 1,100 assets across the military that bear Confederate names.

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