CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — A West Virginia county commission has voted to keep a plaque honoring Confederate soldiers at a courthouse.

The Journal reports the Jefferson County Commission unanimously voted Thursday to leave the Confederate plaque at the courthouse. The commission supported forming a committee of citizens to study and recommend commemorative plaques that might be added to the courthouse.

The vote comes after six African-American women sent a letter asking the commission to remove the plaque because there were no plaques for local black men who served in the Civil War, among other reasons.

The marker was installed in 1986 and is one of four plaques on the courthouse’s front facade. It reads “In Honor and Memory of the Confederate Soldiers of Jefferson County who served in the War Between the States.”

Information from: The Journal,

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