Wicomico County Council Gets Petition to Remove Confederate Plaque

Aug 16, 2017

Confederate General John Henry Winder
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A petition to remove the plaque in downtown Salisbury that commemorates confederate general John Henry Winder has been presented to the Wicomico County Council.

Stefanie Sesse with Showing Up for Racial Justice told the Salisbury Daily Times that it was an example of white supremacy.

The petition had more than 300 names and was given to the council on Tuesday.

The group notes that Winder oversaw confederate prisons that committed human rights violations.

In addition, the general is not actually from Salisbury but was born around Nanticoke.

Removal of the plaque also has the backing the local branch of the NAACP as well as Salisbury Mayor Jake Day.

The Daily Times reports that the council members had not comment after the presentation.

The comes as Baltimore began removing its confederate statues and the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville which included the death of Heather Heyer.