GOP Gov. Hogan wants statue removed of Dred Scott decision author

What Happens to Controversial Statues After They Are Removed

Opponents of monuments to the Confederate states, which fought in the U.S. Civil War for the preservation of slavery, view them as a festering symbol of racism, while supporters say they honor American history. But he noted that Taney also "served with distinction" in a series of public offices, including as a state lawmaker, state attorney general and US attorney general.

Officials previously tried to "add more context" to the monument by installing plaques explaining Taney's controversial decision, as well as additional monuments, such as a statue of Thurgood Marshall, the country's first black Supreme Court justice, which was erected by the State House in the 1990s.

The statue, dedicated in 1872, is the latest monument linked to the Confederate era to be removed.

Hogan is chairman of the State House Trust board, which voted by email - its traditional method - to remove the Taney statue and make plans for storing or relocating it. Miller, Democratic House Speaker Michael Busch and Maryland Historical Trust chair Charles L. Edson are also members of the panel.

There is no word yet on where the statue of Taney will be housed.

Meanwhile, the mother of a woman killed when a man crashed a auto into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in the Virginia city of Charlottesville on Saturday said that after hearing Donald Trump's latest comments, she did not want to talk to the President.

Signer said that memorial was a profound turning point for him, and that it made him realise the significance of the city's statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee had changed.

The decision comes after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) called for the statue to be removed days ago. Republican Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford voted on behalf of the administration to remove the statue.

This was certainly a matter of such outcome that the transparency of a public meeting and public conversation should have occurred.

"Taney was not a Confederate officer, and he remained loyal to the Union until his death in 1864", he said.

President Donald Trump on Thursday condemned the mounting campaign to remove monuments to the pro-slavery Confederacy, saying United States culture and history were being "ripped apart".

While the statue's removal was not publicized, a couple dozen onlookers watched as workers started the removal process shortly after midnight Thursday. A small crowd cheered when the statue was lifted from its base.

The statue was reportedly lowered into a truck and driven away to a storage facility.

Taney was born in Calvert County, Maryland, into a family operating a tobacco plantation. In the case, Scott argued that he should be declared free from slavery because he was taken by his master to states that banned slavery and resided there for extended periods of time.

This year marked the 160th anniversary of the 1857 decision.



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