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Activists and Make It Right Project Fight West Virginia Confederate Monuments

In October, anti-racist activists in Charles Town, West Virginia, continued their ongoing effort to take down a Confederate plaque located on a local courthouse. The group attended a meeting of Jefferson County Commissioners on October 18, where they not only made their voices heard, but also carried signage and sported t-shirts with their message. The Make It Right Project provided design help for the t-shirts and posters.

Protesters in attendance included those whose open letter launched the campaign to remove the plaque last year. The group also included multiple members of the West Virginia Women’s March. Check out photos of these tireless anti-racist activists below.

The Observer, a publication serving residents of West Virginia’s Jefferson and Berkeley Counties, published a lengthy piece on the battle to remove Confederate iconography from the area. The piece highlighted work by the Make It Right Project to remove the Heyward Shepherd marker, an overtly pro-slavery monument, from nearby Harpers Ferry.