LOTHIAN, Md. — The Mt. Calvary Anglican Church is in a quaint farm town of Lothian in Southern Anne Arundel County.
It sits on the Civil War Trails highway, it also has a statue on it’s grounds. The statue depicts Confederate soldier Private Benjamin Welch Owens who lived in Anne Arundel County in the late 1800s.
The statue itself was defamed earlier in the week. The word “shame” was written on the description and the statue base. Most of it has been removed.
The statue is owned by the church and was placed here in 1999. The confederate statue was funded by County resident Bill Chaney.
Chaney was also a political ally of Janet Owens, former Anne Arundel County Executive. Both Chaney and Owens are related to the confederate soldier.
Katelyn Uncle and Leah Titerence are neighbors in a community by the church. Katelyn passes by the statue every day to work .
"It’s a part of history. Whether you like it or not, this is a part of our history. Why does it bother anybody now? I mean, it’s never bothered anybody before."
Some neighbors differ.
"To have that statue there, it always upset me. I’ll be glad when it’s gone."