A statue believed to be the last surviving Confederate monument on Maryland public property was taken down on March 14, reports Julio Cortez for the Associated Press (AP).

Known as the “Talbot Boys Statue,” the monument to dead Confederate veterans had long been a flashpoint for residents of Easton, a city of about 16,000 in Talbot County, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. After years of lawsuits and public debate, as well as failed votes to remove the statue in 2015, 2016 and 2020, the Talbot County Council finally authorized its removal in September 2021.

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