Eastern Shore

Easton residents debate presence of Confederate statue

tatue commemorating "The Talbot Boys," soldiers who died for the Confederacy, on the front lawn of the Talbot County Courthouse in Easton.

EASTON, Md. (AP) — Dozens of Talbot County residents have met to discuss their opinions on a statue that depicts a young soldier bearing the Confederate flag and lists the names of county residents who fought for the Confederacy.

The Star Democrat of Easton reports that the Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity on Wednesday held a public meeting in Easton, with 84 people in attendance to discuss the "Talbot Boys" statue. The statue has stood on the Talbot County Courthouse green for nearly a century.


In August, the Talbot Chapter of the NAACP met with the Talbot County Council to discuss the statue's possible removal, sparking the public dialogue.

Confederate symbols have come under increased public scrutiny since the June 17 massacre of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.