Confederate marker removed from West Virginia monument


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A marker has been removed from a century-old Confederate monument in West Virginia.
The city of Charleston took down the plaque Monday from the Kanawha Riflemen Monument at Ruffner Memorial Park, news outlets reported. The land was given to the city in 1831 and converted to a park in 1920.
The monument, which resembles a tablet with benches on each side, was installed in 1922 by the Kanawha Riflemen Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The tablet had been dedicated to those who served in the Confederate Army.
The city said in a statement that removing the marker “was the right thing to do.”
Ernest Blevins with the Sons of Confederate Veterans said, “History reminds you of places you have been, how far you’ve progressed from there, be it good or bad. A piece of local history was suddenly removed with apparently no public comment or our feelings on it.”