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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.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The commonwealth's attorney of Norfolk, Virginia, says the city can remove a Confederate monument, despite a state law that bars the removal of war memorials.

News outlets report Attorney Gregory Underwood filed court documents Tuesday seeking to dismiss a city lawsuit that says the state law infringes on its right to free speech. Underwood says that he and state Attorney General Mark Herring don't believe the law applies to the city's 80-foot (24-meter) Confederate monument of a solider nicknamed "Johnny Reb."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia state government is holding a public hearing on a plan to enact permanent rules for rallies at a massive statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Richmond's historic Monument Avenue.

The Department of General Services announced Wednesday the hearing is set for March 6 at the Virginia War Memorial Carillion.

The state is seeking to replace emergency regulations with permanent rules that cut the maximum crowd size from 5,000 to 500 and ban weapons at permitted events.

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - A school board in northern Virginia has picked a new name for a school that had been named for Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

News outlets report that Washington-Lee High School will now be known as Washington-Liberty High School.

The Arlington County school board voted 5-0 in favor of the name change Thursday evening. The board had voted in June to rename the school but had not picked a name.

A judge last month tossed out a lawsuit that sought to block the school board from taking Lee's name off the high school.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Republican who lost the U.S. Senate race last month and also lost primaries for two statewide races in recent years says he's stepping back from statewide elections.

The Washington Post reports that Corey Stewart announced his decision to Republican Party activists and leaders at a weekend retreat in Norfolk.

About 350 people attended the gathering, down from about 500 in recent years.  Republicans haven't won statewide since 2009.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A year after two parks in Virginia shed the names of Confederate generals, the parks have again been renamed.

News outlets report that the Charlottesville City Council voted 4-1 Monday night to change the name of the former Lee Park from Emancipation Park to Market Street Park, while the former Jackson Park's name has been changed from Justice Park to Court Square Park.

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PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) - New signs are up at three central Virginia elementary schools formerly named for Confederate leaders.

TV station WWBT reports the signage outside the Petersburg schools changed Tuesday, completing the transition to the new monikers.

The school names A.P. Hill, Robert E. Lee and J.E.B. Stuart were changed to Cool Spring Elementary, Lakemont Elementary and Pleasants Lane Elementary, respectively.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia city is rebranding its only school named after a Confederate general to honor the United States' first black president.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Richmond School Board voted 6-1 Monday to rename J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School to Barack Obama Elementary School. Kenya Gibson represents the school on the board and was the lone dissenting vote. Gibson wanted the vote to be delayed and said there was a lack of local names included in the administrations rebranding recommendations.

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - A Maryland county school district is advancing plans to ban Confederate flag imagery from schools.

WBAL-TV reports Carroll County Superintendent Stephen Guthrie says the revised dress code will stand up in court. This comes after a Carroll County School Board Wednesday meeting where a ban on wearing and displaying the flag was discussed.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia amusement park is changing the moniker of a roller coaster named after the war whoop of a Confederate soldier.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Kings Dominion amusement park will rebrand its "Rebel Yell" roller coaster as "Racer 75." The park outside of Richmond opened in 1975.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Confederate statue in Virginia has been vandalized for the second night in a row.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the word "racist" was again found spray-painted in red on the base of the Jefferson Davis statue in Richmond on Wednesday morning, this time joined by the words "Ban KKK." The word "racist" was found in the same spot Tuesday, before being cleaned.
The latest vandalism is the third such incident in the state this week, after "#2 BETTER LUCK NEVER" was spray-painted on a memorial to the Confederate dead in Norfolk on Monday.

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Two people have been arrested in connection with the graffiti chalked on the sidewalk and steps of the Wicomico County Courthouse.

The sheriff’s office identified them as 29-year-old Christopher Aulerich and 27-year-old Jordan Swanson – both from Salisbury.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they have been charged with malicious destruction of property of less than a thousand dollars.

The graffiti appears to be connected to the calls to remove the plaque noting the General John Winder who oversaw the notorious Confederate prisoner of war camps.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver says he wants those who wrote anti-Confederate graffiti in colored chalk on the sidewalk and steps around the County Courthouse to be charged.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the State’s Attorney had advised the County Sheriff’s office that it can file malicious destruction of property charges for writing on the building.

On his Facebook page County Sheriff Mike Lewis said he intended to file charges calling the perpetrators “thugs” and “punks”.  

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A panel on memorials at the U.S. Naval Academy will discuss whether two buildings on the campus grounds should remain named after two American naval officers who fought for the Confederacy.

Vice Adm. Ted Carter, the school's superintendent, briefed the academy's Board of Visitors on Monday about the two building names. He says "right now, there is not a move to make an immediate change, but there is ongoing dialogue."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he is "most likely" to submit legislation to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's iconic Monument Avenue.

The Democratic governor also told reporters Monday that he is considering ways to prevent people from having weapons at highly charged demonstrations, such as the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. He did not offer details on what such move might look like, but has taken executive action in the past to limit where people can carry guns.

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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.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - An Ohio man accused of plowing his car into counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia is set to make his first court appearance.

Col. Martin Kumer, superintendent at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, says 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. has a bond hearing Monday morning.

Fields is charged with second-degree murder and other counts after authorities say he drove into the crowd, fatally injuring one woman and hurting 19 others.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Charlottesville is seeking bids from design firms to develop a new master plan for two downtown parks previously named for Confederate generals.

The city announced Thursday it had issued a request for proposals to have architectural design firms redesign Justice Park and Emancipation Park, which used to be called Lee and Jackson parks. It is part of an effort by the city to "tell the full story of race" in its public spaces.

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There is an online petition being circulated opposing the removal of a historical marker for Confederate General John Henry Winder in downtown Salisbury.

It’s sponsored by Jonathan Taylor a local conservative blogger in response to a Salisbury civil rights organization Showing Up for Racial Justice that has called for its removal.

Taylor told the Salisbury Daily Times that calls for removal was just another example of political correctness adding it was important not to let “this movement take away our history.”

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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.

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) - The Montgomery County School Board has banned apparel displaying Confederate and other symbols in public schools.

Media outlets report that the board voted Tuesday to revise a countywide student dress code policy to ban apparel that would disrupt a school's learning environment.

Examples of items that will be banned include clothing displaying Confederate symbols and items denoting neo-Nazi and other hate groups.

The ban is effective Feb. 1, 2016.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says he wants to change the name of Robert E. Lee Park.

Kamenetz said in a news release Monday that county officials have been considering changing the name of the park just over the northern Baltimore City line from the Confederate general's.

The county executive wants to change the name of the 450-acre park to Lake Roland Park for the lake in the park.

Because Baltimore City has the title to the land, permission to change the name must come from city officials.