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Talbot Council Decides Not to Move Talbot Boys Confederate Monument

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The Talbot Boys monument (Photo: WBOC) The Talbot Boys monument (Photo: WBOC)

EASTON, Md.- The Talbot County Council on Tuesday night announced that the "Talbot Boys" monument will be staying where it is.

They say that in the past, Confederate veterans have been treated as equals to their Union counterparts following the Civil War. Council members said that by removing the monument, it would be disrespectful to them.  

However, in their research, they found that 30 Talbot County men had served on the Union side of the Civil War, and so to honor them, a committee will be created to guide the design and construction of a new Union monument that will also stand on the courthouse grounds.

Earlier in the day, WBOC spoke to people on both sides of the issue to get to the heart of the issue. The Rev. Joel Johnson with the Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity said it goal was to have the statue relocated.

"We don't want to destroy the monument.  We do want to move it someplace else.  We need to keep it around as a reminder of the horrendous history that took place in this county," said Johnson.

For every one person that wants to have the statue moved, however, there is another that says it's not worth the effort.

"I believe it should stay because it is part of our heritage good or bad.  Some people may have negative connotations associated with it, but really it's just to honor those who lived in this county, fought for this county and the state whether they were on the right side or the wrong side.  I just don't think it should be moved," said Kristin Schmitt of Oxford.

But some see it as a symbol of hate.

"The slave market, which was located right here where the statue now stands," Johnson said. "And the statue, in a rude and cruel way, is a sort of valedictory to the system of slavery."

"The fact that so many people are up in arms over a statue that was placed in 1916 I believe.  It's been there forever.  It's silly to me to dedicate time and resources to then take down a statue, move a statue," said Schmitt.

Johnson said he hoped at least that a balance between both points of view could be found, and that balance is what the council said it was trying to achieve. 

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