EASTON — On Wednesday, July 29, the Talbot County NAACP branch and the Talbot County Council met in the courthouse at the NAACP’s request to discuss a statue sitting outside on the lawn.
After the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. on June 17, in which white gunman Dylann Roof killed nine people, a debate began about Confederate icons, especially the flag. It’s been 150 years since the Civil War, but that debate has exposed tension in Talbot County over how to remember that war.
The Civil War was not fought directly in Talbot, but the slaveholding county was very much a part of the conflict. Frederick Douglass was born here, and Underground Railroad icon Harriet Tubman was born just to the south in Dorchester County. Soldiers from the county fought on both sides.