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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