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Douglass Not Soldier-Tribute questioned
County courthouse lawn is only for war memorials, not Douglass, council says
By Chris Guy
February 9, 2004
Supporters in the Colonial capital of the Eastern Shore see the courthouse, a political hub since before Douglass was born nearby in 1818, as the only worthy site for his tribute. The jail where, as a young man, Douglass was held after an escape from bondage once stood next door.
But a divided Talbot County Council has shelved the proposal, pointing to an unwritten policy that reserves the lawn for memorials to the county's war dead. Council members suggested the library or a town park might be a better place to honor the famed orator and author.