City Moving Foward In Relocating Taney Statue

The Historic Preservation Commission will look at that issue on Thurs.

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) – A Maryland city is advancing a plan to remove from city property a bronze bust of the U.S. Supreme Court chief justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision affirming slavery.

The Frederick News-Post reports that the city’s Historic Preservation Commission will review an application Thursday to remove the bust of Roger Brooke Taney from outside City Hall, where it has stood since 1931.
Taney practiced law in Frederick before becoming the nation’s fifth chief justice.

The Board of Aldermen voted unanimously in October in favor of removing the statue, which some find offensive.

The commission must approve the relocation from the downtown historic district.

Jimmy Smith, whose grandfather Joseph Urner created the piece, says he would take the bust, although he’d prefer it not be removed.