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Frederick alderwoman revives debate over Taney statue

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 ( ) 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.