Taney statue removed the grounds of the State House in Annapolis

Aug 18, 2017

After almost 150 years, a familiar sight in Annapolis is gone.  Work crews spent about 90 minutes early Friday morning removing the Roger Taney statue that sat outside the state house since 1872.

Photograph of the 5th Chief Justice of the United States, Roger B. Taney
Credit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_B._Taney#/media/File:Justice_Roger_B._Taney,_Supreme_Court,_U.S_-_NARA_-_528351.jpg

Heavy equipment rolled up to the monument shortly after midnight and crews began to remove the statue of the Maryland native and Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court who authored the 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied U.S. citizenship to descendants of slaves.  A small crowd cheered when the statue was lifted from its base.  The State House Trust voted by e-mail on Wednesday to remove the statue.  Maryland Senate President Mike Miller wrote a letter to Governor Larry Hogan yesterday saying the vote lacked transparency and there should have been a public meeting.  Governor Hogan was once opposed to moving the statue, but now says the time has come to stop glorifying the darkest chapters of our history. Remove