General Winder Plaque Removed from Downtown Salisbury

Jun 12, 2020

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver Leads Group to Take Down Plaque for Confederate General John Winder in Downtown Salisbury.
Credit Mike Dunn

The controversial plaque commemorating Confederate General John Winder has been taken down from its location in downtown Salisbury.

It took around five minutes for a small group led by Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver and Director of Administration Wayne Strausbury to remove the sign on Friday

Mike Dunn, President/CEO at the Greater Salisbury Committee caught the moment on his cell phone and posted it on his Facebook page.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times that he was proud of Culver and the others, adding it was an emotional moment.

The move followed nationwide protests surrounding the death of George Floyd, an African American man, who died when a white Minneapolis police officer placed his knee on his neck.

But the plaque has been a source of controversey for sometime.

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day placed a petition on social media for the county council to take down the plaque.

It had over a thousand signatures.

Winder was in charge of the confederate prison of war camps that saw horrific conditions and many deaths.

Ironically, the sign was also located near the site where an African American man was lynched in 1931.