Confederate plaque removed from West Virginia courthouse

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A plaque honoring Confederate soldiers has been removed from a West Virginia courthouse.

The Journal reports the Jefferson County Commission voted 3-2 last week to remove the plaque and it has been taken down.

Officials have been discussing the plaque’s future since a letter requesting its removal was sent to county officials last year immediately following violent protests at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which had been organized in part to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Some residents with family who fought on the Confederate side of the Civil War argued that the plaque in West Virginia should remain.

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Commissioner Jane Tabb said she voted for the removal to be sensitive to the African-American community.

Officials said it’s unclear whether the plaque will be relocated.

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Information from: The Journal, http://journal-news.net/

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