A Frederick alderwoman is renewing a call for removing a statue of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney from City Hall.
Taney wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision upholding slavery. The ruling became a catalyst for the Civil War. It called black people “beings of an inferior order.”
Taney practiced law in Frederick from 1801 to 1823.
The Frederick News-Post (http://bit.ly/1ISkPF3 ) reports that Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak (koo-ZAM’-chak) on Thursday proposed moving the statue to another location, such as the private museum in Taney’s former home.
She says the action would correct the city’s mistake in honoring a man who took an “extreme pro-slavery position.”
The last public debate about the statue ended with a compromise in 2009 when the city added a plaque explaining the Dred Scott decision.