The Talbot Boys Conversation: Bishop Joel Marcus Johnson


It seemed inevitable that once Nikki Haley, the very conservative, very Republican, and very dynamic South Carolina governor, announced last June that the Confederate flag should be removed from the statehouse grounds, every other state and town which had any connection to the Civil War would be looking very carefully on how those governments, directly or indirectly, have honored their own Confederate veterans in the tragic war between the states.

This certainly is the case with Talbot County. Over the last few weeks, in letters to the editor, at civic meetings, cocktail parties, and in the coffee houses of Easton and St. Michaels, the community is indeed having a real conversation about the future of the “Talbot Boys,” the memorial which honors the fallen local men who had fought for the South’s secession to preserve slavery, which is located on the front lawn of the historic Talbot County Courthouse.

In preparation of the first public meeting, now scheduled for next Wednesday at 4pm, with the Talbot County Council and local representatives of the NAACP discussing the status of the memorial, and to support what promises to be an important community conversation about race, history, and how we honor the courageous, the Spy starts our own series on the Talbot Boys.

The Spy starts this new project with Anglican Bishop Joel Marcus Johnson Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of The Chesapeake. A local leader in race relations since he arrived on the Eastern Shore twenty-five years ago, Bishop Johnson also currently chairs the Talbot Association of Clergy. Through these special experiences, he shares his perspective on the future of the Talbot Boys.

This video is approximately eight minutes in length

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Letters to Editor

  1. Carol Voyles says:

    Very nice, Bishop Joel. Thank you.

    • Bishop Joel Marcus Johnson says:

      Thank you, Carol. We’re all in this together. God’s Peace be with you.

  2. Kathy Bosin says:

    Bishop Joel, a fountain on the courthouse lawn to commemorate the tears and loss of so many people sold into slavery is a powerful idea. It shifts the conversation. Thank you for that. Please keep talking about it. I know I will.

    • Bishop Joel Marcus Johnson says:

      Kathy – You’re so right, we need to shift the conversation. As I will appear among others before the Council at 4 tomorrow, this will be my emphasis – with some history and scholarship on my side. Hope you’ll be there. The Bradley Room is a closet, arrive early! +Joel

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