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Fort Benning

I was born 80 years ago at the Base Hospital in Fort Benning, Georgia. I have always been proud of being part of an Army family and of having such an iconic Army birthplace. I was interested when I recently found Gen. Benning for whom the base was named was a questionable person to honor.

He was a general for the Confederacy who fought for the continuation of enslavement of African Americans. He was a proud white supremist who went on the become a judge and helped enforce the Jim Crow laws in the South.

I wonder what current members of the Army, many of whom are descendants of these enslaved people, think of honoring him? I hope the name of the base is changed.

DAVID STONE

Williamsport

Submitted via Virtual Newsroom

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