FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Maryland city has cleared what could be the last obstacle to its plan to rid the City Hall courtyard of a statue of the man who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision affirming slavery.

Frederick’s Historic Preservation Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to allow the removal of the bust of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney, and a nearby bust of Maryland’s first governor, Thomas Johnson, who owned slaves. City officials say both will go to nearby Mount Olivet Cemetery, where Johnson is buried.

The city hasn’t announced a timetable for removing the sculptures.

The Taney statue was erected in 1931. He practiced law in Frederick before becoming the nation’s fifth chief justice.

Aldermen voted a year ago to remove the Taney statue, which some find offensive.

(Copyright 2016 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. chevelle1 says:

    Only a complete idiot would try to judge a great man of the past by their twisted “modern” views. Leave the statue alone and read a history book! Remember, the last perfect man to walk the earth was crucified.

  2. Apparently the Historic Preservation Commission doesn’t even know history or what their job is…..Disgusting!

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