CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — During the Jefferson County Commission’s fourth quarterly session Thursday, a resolution was passed to protect all existing historical monuments, memorials and markers erected in the county.

The 3-2 vote comes after the commission unanimously approved in September to keep a bronze plaque near the county courthouse’s front entrance that honors the memory of local soldiers who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

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The plaque in question.

Despite the vote in September to keep the plaque as is, the discussion continued at the session as 35 people spoke during the public comment period with a majority wanting it removed.

County commission president Peter Onoszko said the resolution is about protecting the county from violence similar to what was seen in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.

“If anybody, of whatever political persuasion, has an idea of coming to Jefferson County to make trouble, they’re not welcomed,” Onoszko said.

Jefferson County Commission Vice President Jane Tabb wanted to discuss a way to find a solution for both sides of the discussion.

“I do think we can find a middle ground that will be satisfactory to everyone concerned,” Tabb said.

Onoszko said he wasn’t sure if the resolution or the vote to keep the plaque in September will end the debate on the matter.

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