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(NOLA.Com) – Continuing a trend of military installations across the south ridding themselves of vestiges of the Confederacy, Louisiana’s largest National Guard installation will officially get a new name .
Camp Beauregard in Pineville became the Louisiana National Guard Training Center Pineville . The move was announced in April after months of deliberations and public meetings.
The name change comes amid a national movement to remove the names of Confederates from military installations nationwide. Earlier this year, Fort Polk in Vernon Parish, which was named for Confederate Gen. Leonidas Polk, was redesignated Fort Johnson in honor of World War I Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. William Henry Johnson. The move was mandated by Congress as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021, which sought to remove Confederate names from U.S. military installations.
Camp Beauregard, a 15,600-acre state installation, was not under the same mandate. Nevertheless, Louisiana National Guard officials decided to remove Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard’s name from the camp, saying they were acting in recognition of the fact that the Louisiana National Guard is a diverse organization. Of the more than 11,000 soldiers who serve in the Louisiana National Guard, approximately 40% are Black and 50% are White.
The renaming drew opposition from…