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State Finds Talbot County Council in Violation of Maryland Open Meetings Act

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

EASTON, Md.-  The Talbot Boys statue still stands on the courthouse grounds in Easton.  This week, a Maryland compliance board sent this letter to the Talbot County Council.  It says the council did not act properly when it held the vote to determine the statue's fate behind closed doors.

"It gives us a little bit of leverage to say to the county council and at least ask them to go back and redo their process to make it more of an open process," said Talbot County NAACP President Richard Potter.

Corey Pack, president of the County Council, says he disagrees with the ruling, but to comply with the ruling, the council read a statement aloud in a public meeting, letting people know about the finding.  Pack said the process was very open.

"If you go back and remember, the council sat in on a public listening session which all five members of the council did sit in on.  Weeks after that, the county held its own public comment session which we did organize," said Pack.

The NAACP hopes this can reopen the discussion of moving the monument.   

"At this point we would like to see the statue relocated to somewhere that's more appropriate.  Then ask the County Council to commission a group of citizens who can reasonably discuss the creation of a new statue that can commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who fought in the Civil War," said Potter.

The council says its decision has not changed.

"It doesn't change the outcome of the council's deliberation.  We don't know whether the NAACP or the ACLU want to take any legal steps against the county, [but] we hope they would reconsider any notions of that sort," said Pack.

The NAACP leadership will determine what its next move will be on Thursday.

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