Confederate monument plaque taken off of Jefferson County courthouse

West Virginia

The Confederate monument plaque that sparked many heated debates in Jefferson County is no longer on the outside of the courthouse wall where it once was. 

The plaque originally erected by the Leetown Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1986. It was in honor of Confederate soldiers who served during the Civil War.

Opposition to the plaque began picking up steam in 2017 according to WV Delegate for District 65, Sammi Brown. 

“We had actually gotten involved around the movement of that plaque because of the movements in Charlottesville,” Brown shared. 

Brown has been opposing the plaque publicly for months. She says that she once protested the plaque at a public hearing and after a volatile moment of dissension, she decided to run for office. 
“That was the moment I decided to do this thing. Now, in Jefferson County you have a new delegate [and] the plaque is down,” said Brown. 

However, not all in the county were in agreement with the plaque’s removal. 

“I think a few folks felt that it was history and it should be preserved,” said Brown. 

Earlier this year the Jefferson County Commission agreed to establish a committee to decide what should be done. 

So far, the Jefferson County Commission has not yet responded to comment on the subject. There is no word as to when the plaque came down exactly, why it was removed or where it is currently being kept. 

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