Push made to rename Confederate leader streets

Brooklyn leaders are pushing for two Brooklyn streets named after Confederate generals to be renamed in the wake of the church massacre last week in

General Lee Avenue and Stonewall Jackson Drive run through the Fort Hamilton military base.

General Lee Avenue and Stonewall Jackson Drive run through the Fort Hamilton military base. (6/24/15)

BROOKLYN - Brooklyn leaders are pushing for two Brooklyn streets named after Confederate generals to be renamed in the wake of the church massacre last week in Charleston, South Carolina.

The incident has ignited a nationwide debate over the Confederate flag's usage at federal buildings in the South.

General Lee Avenue and Stonewall Jackson Drive are located at the Fort Hamilton military base and require special clearance to gain access. Both General Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson were stationed at the base. They are most notably known for being leaders of the Confederate army.

The two streets run through the base, which is considered federal property.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries says there is no good reason for any street to be named after anyone who led the Confederate Army, which fought "to keep slavery and racial subjugation alive in America."

Others in the borough who spoke with News 12 had mixed reactions regarding the names. Some cited the historical weight behind the names as a reason to keep them, while others said that the change would be better for everyone.

A spokesperson from Fort Hamilton's public affairs office in Washington, D.C. said, "Every Army installation is named for a soldier who holds a place in our military history. Accordingly, these historic names represent individuals, not causes or ideologies. It should be noted that the naming occurred in the spirit of reconciliation and not division."

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