Talbot Boys

The Talbot Boys memorial in Easton.

EASTON — Advocates for removing the Talbot Boys Confederate statue from the county courthouse lawn in Easton will host another event on Thursday, Feb. 25.

The Move the Monument Coalition has been hosting virtual events as part of its push to get the statue removed from in front of the Talbot County Courthouse.

The Feb. 25 event will focus on “Lost Cause” narratives around the Confederacy. Those entail historical perspectives that the Civil War was about states’ rights, southern heritage and northern aggression — and less about slavery. Lost Cause arguments resulted in a wave of Confederate monuments being constructed in the early 20th century, according to historians.

The Talbot Boys statue in Easton was erected in 1916. It honors local residents who fought for the Confederacy.

The virtual event will feature a video presentation from Rev. Rovan Wernsdorfer, a former Episcopal priest from Baltimore. He has produced a video series on racial history in Maryland and Baltimore.

The Talbot County Council voted 3-2 last year to keep the statue. There is a potential voter referendum on the fate of the statue slated for 2022. There are also proposals to add Union soldiers to the statue.

Still, there are activists who want the memorial removed from the courthouse lawn. A renewed push to get rid of the statue sparked last year as other Confederate memorial were removed, vandalized or toppled during racial justice protests and the burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement.

The Thursday event is virtual and starts at 7 p.m.


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