West Virginia commission punts on Confederate memorials

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Capitol Building Commission continues to avoid the topic of whether to move a statue and bust of Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson from the Capitol grounds.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports, the commission held a public hearing on the issue in December, when seven of eight speakers called for removal of the monuments to the West Virginia-born general.

Since then, the commission has met twice but the issue hasn’t appeared on its agenda.

The latest meeting was Wednesday.

Calls to remove the Capitol monuments date back a decade, but they intensified last summer during protests for racial justice after the death of George Floyd.

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