City of Frederick to relocate controversial City Hall statues

Roger B. Taney

FREDERICK, Md. — Two busts were moved from the grounds of Frederick City Hall on Saturday after the Board of Aldermen resolved to do so back in 2015.

The busts are of Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney, who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision affirming slavery, and Maryland’s first governor, Thomas Johnson, a slaveowner.

They will be moved to Mount Olivet Cemetery in Richmond.

A petition opposed to the relocation was dismissed earlier this year, and the City was able to complete arrangements to move the statues. The Historic Preservation Commission gave approval to move the statues, along with a plaque interpreting the historic Dred Scott v. Sandford decision.

The Taney statue was erected in 1931.

The leveled house (PHOTO: MCFRS)