Petition to Remove Confederate Marker in Wicomico County

Jun 9, 2017

Confederate John Henry Winder
Credit Historical Photo

There’s a petition being circulated to remove the historical marker of Confederate General John Henry Winder in Salisbury.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it sits outside the Old Wicomico County Courthouse.

James Yamakawa with the group Showing Up for Racial Justice is circulating the petition.

Before the location becoming the site for the courthouse it is the area was once occupied by the Byrd Tavern where slaves were bought and sold.

Yamakawa told the paper that his intent was not to erase history but to respect the painful reminders of the area’s history.

It was also the site where a young African American man was lynched from a tree in 1931.