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Talbot Council to Vote on Talbot Boys Confederate Monument for Second Time

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

EASTON, Md.-  For such a silent statue, there certainly is a lot of noise around the Talbot Boys monument.  But it's good noise, at least from the perspective  of Richard Potter, president of the Talbot County NAACP.  On June 7, the Talbot County Council will have a discussion and once again vote on the fate of the statue during its meeting.  Just because another vote is scheduled doesn't mean Potter is declaring victory yet.

"I have a meeting with the executive board, tomorrow actually to discuss next steps.  We are already under the impression they are going to vote the same way.  They have said that openly," said Potter.

The vote is whether to adopt the recommendations put forth by the NAACP last July.

"The recommendations the NAACP put forward first was to commission a group of people who could reasonably discuss the creation of a new statue that was inclusive of the Union and the Confederate soldiers of the Civil War," said Potter.

WBOC reached out to Talbot County Council President Corey Pack several times on Monday.  We have not heard back from him yet.  When we spoke with him a little over a week ago, he told us the council was going to stay firm with its decision that the statue would be staying right here on the courthouse grounds.  He told us at the time that it was time to focus on larger issues, not a statue.

"What can we now do, working with the NAACP or working with any other group when it comes to bridging the gap with minority test scores in Talbot County?  When it comes to closing the economic gap in Talbot County?  When it comes to addressing economic issues that are facing everyday citizens in Talbot County?  The statue turns 100-years-old this month," said Pack.

Nevertheless, the fate of the statue will be decided for a second time on June 7.

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