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Maryland State House Trust votes to remove Taney statue

Maryland State House Trust votes to remove Taney statue

A key state panel voted Wednesday to remove a statue of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney from the grounds of the State House in Annapolis.

In a vote taken by e-mail, three members of the four-member State House Trust voted in favor of removing the statue of Taney, a Marylander who was the author of the infamous Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and said black Americans could not become citizens.

It was not immediately clear when Taney’s bronze likeness would be moved from its perch overlooking the front lawn of the State House, or what would happen to the statue afterward.

Voting in favor of removing the statue were Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, who represents Gov. Larry...

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