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A Massachusetts state legislator is objecting to an entrance to the State House in Boston named after a Civil War general named Joseph Hooker. 

State Rep. Michelle DuBois (D-Brockton) posted to Twitter a message that called the "General Hooker Entrance" to the government building a "double entrendre misrepresented as respect for a long-dead general."

DuBois told WBZ that "female staffers don’t use that entrance because the sign is offensive to them."

"R U a “General Hooker”? Of course not! Yet the main entrance of the Mass State House says otherwise," she added on Twitter.

However, DuBois clarified that she is not objecting to the presence of a statue to Hooker, just that the name of the entrance should be changed.

DuBois added that it would also be acceptable to add "Joseph" to the "General Hooker Entrance" name, according to WWLP.

She praised Hooker and his service to the United States by linking a subsequent Twitter post to a Boston Globe article that laid out his accomplishments.

DuBois said a statue of Hooker outside the building should stay in its place as well. But she complained that the sign has been the source of jokes toward female visitors and staffers.

State leaders said, however, said they will not change the sign. 

Hooker, a well-known Union general from Massachusetts, may be best known for his upset defeat at the hands of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee at the 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville.


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