“(Oh. The Contoversy! – Ed.)
The peaceful lawn of the historic Wicomico County Courthouse with its tall, old shade trees and brick walkways seems an unlikely place for a controversy to be brewing.
Most of the drama over the years has happened inside the 1870s structure.
But a historical marker on the property recognizing a Confederate general is renewing the rift between North and South.
James Yamakawa of the group Showing Up for Racial Justice wants the marker commemorating Gen. John Henry Winder removed from the courthouse property, which is the site of the former Byrd Tavern where slaves were kept prior to be auctioned off.
“A marker honoring a Confederate general, a person who supported the cause of slavery, sits within easy view of where black Americans were once treated like cattle waiting to be bought,” Yamakawa said in a petition he started on Change.org…