FREDERICK — Frederick police are investigating the vandalism of a bust honoring the Supreme Court justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision affirming slavery.
Authorities say the bust of Roger Brooke Taney was found covered in a red paint-like substance Sunday morning.
The Frederick News-Post reports that Mayor Randy McClement was seen helping a public works employee clean the statue.
Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak has been leading an effort calling for the bust, which she and others consider offensive, to be removed from outside city hall.
Opponents say removing the sculpture would erase part of Frederick’s history, noting that Taney practiced law in the city.
Kuzemchak recently postponed a vote by aldermen on the issue until after a symposium on Taney earlier this month by the county historical society.