STONEWALL WILL STAY: Harrison County Commission votes not to remove statue of Confederate general


CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — The Harrison County Commission has again decided against removing the statue of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson from courthouse property.

A motion by Commissioner David Hinkle to relocate the statue received no second from fellow commissioners Patsy Trecost or Ron Watson. The motion came after more than an hour of discussion as roughly a dozen community members offered public comment.

The discussion was at times heated with speakers raising their voices at commissioners. Some speakers were upset that the topic of the statue was even back on the agenda at all, while others were concerned with what they said was short notice that it would be on the meeting’s agenda.

One speaker spoke about Jackson’s character and how he treated slaves that he owned.

West Virginia Black Heritage Festival board chairman James Griffin was interrupted several times by people who were joining the meeting by Zoom.

The decision follows a 2-1 vote in June to keep the statue in its place in downtown Clarksburg.

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