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House Speaker wants "Maryland, My Maryland" removed as the state song

Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones (D)

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According to the Baltimore Sun, Jones says the song which was adopted by the state in 1939 is extremely offensive.  The Confederate-era song features lyrics favoring secession from the United States and referencing Abraham Lincoln as a "despot."  Past efforts to retire the song have gained support in the state Senate, but stalled in the House.

Meanwhile, the Talbot County Council has introduced a resolution to remove a Confederate monument from  the grounds of the Circuit Courthouse.  The "Talbot Boys" statue features a soldier carrying the Confederate flag and the names of county residents who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.  The resolution will now advance to a public discussion which has been set for Tuesday July 28th.