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Talbot County Council Votes a Second Time to Keep Talbot Boys Monument on Courthouse Grounds

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The Talbot County Council votes to keep the Talbot Boys statue where it is (Photo:WBOC) The Talbot County Council votes to keep the Talbot Boys statue where it is (Photo:WBOC)
The Talbot Boys monument (Photo: WBOC) The Talbot Boys monument (Photo: WBOC)

EASTON, Md.-  Last July, a movement began in Talbot County to have the Talbot Boys Confederate monument removed from the courthouse grounds in Easton.  Groups like the NAACP argued the statue should not stand on government property, let alone where a slave market once stood.

At the end of last year, the Talbot County Council decided to keep the statue where it was.  A state board determined the council violated the Maryland Open Meetings Act when it held that first vote behind closed doors.  The NAACP asked the council for an open vote due to that state ruling, and on Tuesday the vote was cast.

Before Monday's vote, the NAACP, ACLU, and the Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity held a rally in front of the Talbot Boys statue.

"My question to Mr. Pack and the other members of the council, is how disrespectful is it to sit on the same soil where there was a slave market?  A market where families were broken up, never to see each other again," said Richard Potter, president of the Talbot County NAACP during the rally.

Impassioned words were heard from both sides of the issue.

"The culture that started this country is being replaced by a completely bizarre culture.  That's all I've got to say to you buddy," said one member of the crowd in support of leaving the statue where it is.

Most in opposition to moving the statue stayed silent on the sidelines of the rally. 

One person pushing for the statue to go is the descendant of one of the men memorialized in the monument.

"To have the statue there that was placed there to literally remind black people that they did not belong here, that statue just should not be here in a free and just society," said Brittany Shannahan.

At 2 p.m., council was in session for its typical midday meeting.  At 3 p.m., the topic of the Talbot Boys was reached, and the council members weighed in with their thoughts.

"If every time we removed a statue, a monument, or a book because it offended someone, there would be nothing left," said Council President Corey Pack.

"It was overwhelming the support to leave the statue where it was," said Councilwoman Laura Price.

And then the vote: the ayes had it.  The statue will remain on the courthouse grounds, at least for now in Easton.

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