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Mathews NAACP demands board stop monument land transfer

A law firm representing the Mathews County NAACP has written a letter to the Mathews County Board of Supervisors, demanding that the board stop any transfer of the county’s Confederate statue and the county-owned land under it to private Confederate groups. The statue is located on the county’s court green, adjacent to the historic courthouse.

The Sept. 13 letter was cosigned by Joseph C. Davis, attorney with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, and Kaitlin Banner, Deputy Legal Director at the Washington Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.

In a press release from the Washington Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, spokesman Gregg Kelley characterized the board’s proposal to turn over the monument as “a move designed to prevent Mathews County from ever deciding to remove or relocate the monument and to encourage further displays of support for the Confederacy on the public square.” He said such a move would “strip the county of all control over t...

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