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ACLU, NAACP File Complaint Over Talbot Boys Statue Decision

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

EASTON, Md. (AP/WBOC)- The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and the Talbot County branch of the NAACP are challenging the way the county decided to keep the Talbot Boys monument honoring Confederate soldiers.
    
The two groups announced Tuesday in a release that they filed a complaint asking the Maryland Open Meetings Compliance Board to rule that the county council violated the Maryland Open Meetings Act. They allege that while the council held public forums on the matter, it decided in "secret" to retain the monument and subsequently did not provide minutes of closed discussions about it.

"We understand that government officials might prefer to dodge public discussion of our country's history of slavery, racial injustice, and their continuing legacy," said ACLU Legal Director Deborah Jeon. "But the law does not allow that. At the heart of our democratic tradition is the right of citizens to know how their elected officials make decisions that affect them, especially in a case like this where critical racial justice issues are at stake."
    
County attorney Michael Pullen said by phone Tuesday that he is reviewing the announcement and did not have an immediate response.
    
The council announced in November that the monument, which was erected in 1916, would remain on the county courthouse lawn despite protests. It is the only Civil War memorial on the grounds.

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