From the Maitland Mercury report:
American author Waymon LeFall proudly studied Maitland’s little black boy or hitching post boy. Maitland’s little black boy has been part of the High Street landscape since 1866. LeFall said "This statue is revered in America and, through my story telling, people have come to realise that he is a symbol of pride – it is not a racist statue."
Full article by Rebecca Berry available at Maitland Mercury, 13 Nov, 2009.