Birthplace of Stonewall Jackson to discuss removing statue

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Published: Jun. 16, 2020 at 12:36 PM EDT
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Commissioners in the West Virginia county where Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson was born are set to discuss a request to remove his statue.

The Harrison County Commission meets Wednesday and will discuss a community member's request to remove the statue from courthouse plaza in Clarksburg, news outlets reported.

Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was born in Clarksburg in 1824 and the United Daughters of Confederacy built the statue of him in 1953.

“I know there’s a lot of people that are concerned over why it’s on the agenda,” Commissioner David Hinkle said. “As a governing body, when people make requests, we have to take a look at it.”

Hinkle said he wants to get public input before making a decision.

“As we all know, a lot of people consider it part of the history of Clarksburg. It’s kind of hard to get rid of history,” he said.

“That’s part of Clarksburg. That’s part of our history. That's part of everybody’s history," said one Clarksburg resident.

“I think that when you have a statue up like that in honor, you’re honoring all that they did, and some of the stuff that they did was not good things," said Clarksburg Black Lives Matter rally attendee Kayza Massey.

It's unclear what would happen to the statue if it is removed.

In Charleston, a petition calling for the removal of the Stonewall Jackson statue on West Virginia Capitol grounds is in circulation.