UPDATE (6/17/20 8:45 p.m.)
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – During Wednesday’s Harrison County Commission meeting, commissioners voted to keep the statue of Stonewall Jackson that is displayed outside of the county courthouse.
Commissioners voted 2-1 to keep the statue. Commissioners Patsy Trecost and Ron Watson voted to keep the statue and Commissioner David Hinkle voted to have it removed.
Several citizens voiced their opinions on the matter at the meeting, some in support of removing the statue or moving it to another location, stating that it represents racism and discrimination. Others spoke in support of keeping it in its current location, citing its representation of West Virginia’s history.
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ORIGINAL (6/16/20 4:31 p.m.)
CLARKSBURG, WV (AP/WBOY) — Commissioners in the West Virginia county where Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson was born are set to discuss a request to remove his statue.
News outlets report the Harrison County Commission meets Wednesday and will discuss a community member’s request to remove the statue from courthouse plaza in Clarksburg.
Stonewall Jackson was born in Clarksburg in 1824 and the United Daughters of Confederacy built the statue of him in 1953. Commissioner David Hinkle says when community members make requests, officials consider them.
He said he wants to get public input before making a decision about the statue.