Posted on March 14, 2008

Frederick Commission Acts on Taney Statue

AP, March 14, 2008

The city of Frederick’s Historic Preservation Commission is poised to take action aimed at quieting calls for removal of a racially charged statue in front of City Hall.

The panel was scheduled to vote last night to install a plaque explaining the role of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney in the slavery debate of the mid-1800s.

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Some local civil rights leaders demanded last year that the city remove the bronze bust of Taney, which was dedicated in 1931.

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