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Van Hollen to Talbot County: Take It Down

June 22nd, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to the Talbot County Council urging the removal of the Talbot Boys statue, a Confederate monument located outside the Talbot County Circuit Courthouse. The statue, completed in 1916, memorializes the names of 84 Confederate soldiers and is topped with a soldier holding the Confederate battle flag. The Talbot County Council is preparing to discuss the statue’s partial removal at its meeting on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

“I write to express my strong support for the immediate removal of the Talbot Boys statue in its entirety from the lawn of the Talbot County Circuit Courthouse. This Confederate monument serves not only as a constant and divisive reminder to residents of the legacy of slavery, but also begs the question of why a Confederate symbol would be celebrated in our public squares,” Senator Van Hollen begins.

The Senator continues, “As you know, the Talbot Boys statue sits outside the Talbot County Circuit Courthouse where the mission is to deliver equal justice under the law. Having a monument to those who fought to preserve slavery outside this local historic landmark undermines that message.”

He closes the letter, stating, “I urge the Council to take swift action to remove this Confederate monument from the Talbot County Circuit Courthouse.”

The full text of the letter is available here and below.

Dear President Pack and Members of the Talbot County Council:

I write to express my strong support for the immediate removal of the Talbot Boys statue in its entirety from the lawn of the Talbot County Circuit Courthouse. This Confederate monument serves not only as a constant and divisive reminder to residents of the legacy of slavery, but also begs the question of why a Confederate symbol would be celebrated in our public squares.

As you know, the Talbot Boys statue sits outside the Talbot County Circuit Courthouse where the mission is to deliver equal justice under the law. Having a monument to those who fought to preserve slavery outside this local historic landmark undermines that message.

In the heart of the Eastern Shore, Talbot County includes many of Maryland’s treasured coastal communities. A memorial that pays homage to the Confederacy and the fight to keep Black Americans enslaved has no place here. I stand with the Talbot County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in calling for the removal of this statute.

I urge the Council to take swift action to remove this Confederate monument from the Talbot County Circuit Courthouse.

 

4 Responses to “Van Hollen to Talbot County: Take It Down”

  1. June 22, 2020 at 9:43 pm, Ed Dodrill said:

    Don’t revisionist history. You are trying to sanitize the country and act like nothing ever happened that was politically correct.

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    • June 23, 2020 at 8:16 am, Kevin said:

      > The statue is the revisionist part – not taking it down. The statue, by it’s presence gives false honor to the lost cause of slavery. Despite all the hoo ha ha the only issue in dispute during the Civil War was slavery. There is no honor in having died for it – ever.

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  2. June 22, 2020 at 11:30 pm, Toby Perkins said:

    The Senator is too polite to mention that this is a monument to treason. No self-respecting American should tolerate it.

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    • June 23, 2020 at 10:19 am, Kevin said:

      > Exactly!

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