Hometown statue of Dred Scott opinion's author may be moved

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 13, 2015 at 9:21 a.m.



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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A bust of the Supreme Court chief justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott opinion affirming slavery will likely be removed from City Hall in Frederick, Maryland, after a majority of elected officials said they support relocating it.

The Frederick News-Post (http://bit.ly/1JVJM31 ) reports four of Frederick's five aldermen say they support moving the sculpture of Roger Brooke Taney (TAW'-nee). Kelly Russell and Michael O'Connor voiced support Wednesday for the proposal by fellow Democrat Donna Kuzemchak (koo-ZAM'-chak).

Democrat Josh Bokee previously expressed support for relocating the statue. Republican Phil Dacey hasn't weighed in.

Republican Mayor Randy Clement says he'll consult the city's lawyers on the next steps.

The Dred Scott decision held that blacks had no rights as American citizens.

Taney practiced law in Frederick. His grave is in the city.

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Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, http://www.fredericknewspost.com

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