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** FILE ** Lt. Col. James Hecker flies over Fort Monroe before delivering the first operational F-22A Raptor to its permanent home at Langley Air Force Base, Va., on May 12, 2005 (U.S. Air Force)

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** FILE ** Lt. Col. James Hecker flies over Fort Monroe before delivering the first operational F-22A Raptor to its permanent home at Langley Air Force Base, Va., on May 12, 2005 (U.S. Air Force)

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President Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, where he signed a proclamation designating Fort Monroe as a national monument. Fort Monroe was the third-oldest Army post in continuous active service and is an important part of the history of slavery, the Civil War and the U.S. military. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Fort Monroe in Hampton, Va., was a mecca for fugitive slaves during the Civil War. (Associated Press)

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Fort Monroe in Hampton, Va., the last active fort in the country with a moat, was a mecca for fugitive slaves during the Civil War, and historians want to honor its role when the Army returns it to Virginia's control. (Associated Press)