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Online petition demands Winston-Salem remove historic Black Panther Party marker

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Former members and current supporters cheer the unveiling of the city’s historic marker commemorating the Winston-Salem chapter of the Black Panther Party at the corner of Fifth Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Winston-Salem, N.C. in 2012. (BRUCE CHAPMAN)

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — An online petition is asking the city of Winston-Salem to remove a historic marker for the city chapter’s of the Black Panther Party — a sign that the petition says honors a racist and violent organization, according to The Winston-Salem Journal.

Wayne Pearce started the petition drive at www.change.org , a website that allows people throughout the world to start online petitions for various causes. Pearce’s petition had more than 930 signatures late Wednesday. Pearce couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.

The petition demands that the Winston-Salem City Council remove the sign located at the northeast corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and East Fifth Street.

The petition also mentions a rally two weeks ago in South Carolina in which a leader and members of the Black Panther Party called for killing white people.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal

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