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Lake Lanier and Buford Dam may be renamed

Georgia Public Broadcasting

Two Georgia landmarks named after the Confederate States of America figures may be renamed.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) plans to give Lake Lanier and Buford Dam new names to avoid commemorating the Confederacy’s history.

In 2020, Congress signed the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 into law, creating a congressional Naming Commission that would remove names, symbols, displays, monuments, and paraphernalia that honor the Confederacy.

As of Mar. 10, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers paused plans on renaming Lake Lanier and Buford Dam, pending authorization by the U.S. Department of the Army.

In a statement, Georgia’s District 9 Representative Andrew Clyde says he applauds the pause and promises to halt all future plans to rename Lake Lanier and Buford Dam.

A planning committee in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working on developing name recommendations and a timeline for the name-change process. Members of the public are invited to comment on the project on their website.