Stars and Stripes stripes.com 23 Dec, 2020 02:30 am

VA says it has no plans to rename hospital that honors Confederate physician

VA says it has no plans to rename hospital that honors Confederate physician
The Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Va. honors the personal doctor to Stonewall Jackson, one of the most famous Confederate generals of the Civil War.

, which honors the personal doctor to Stonewall Jackson, one of the most famous Confederate generals of the Civil War.Hunter Holmes McGuire was a doctor in the Confederate army who served in multiple major battles of the Civil War.After the Civil War, McGuire penned a journal with another doctor about studying the alleged sexual crimes of Black men that he believed were widespread."Secretary Wilkie's dedication to honoring a slavery-supporting Confederate doctor by retaining his name on a VA medical center is shameful but unfortunately completely in keeping with his failed leadership of the department,” said Jeremy Butler, CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

McGuire’s descendants wrote in the Richmond Times-Dispatch in August that they support the Confederate doctor’s name being scrubbed from buildings, and that his writings can’t be defended.Christina Noel, a VA spokeswoman, said the agency is not considering a name change for the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Va.

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