Work crew removes Taney statue from Maryland State House grounds

Maryland's GOP Governor Calls For Removal Of Statue Recalling Slavery

The Baltimore Sun reports that the governor says Maryland will continue to condemn hatred, bigotry and violence.

A 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer, was killed and several people were injured when a man crashed a auto into a crowd of counter-protesters at last Saturday's rally. Democrat Thomas "Mike" Miller, the Senate president, did not vote.

Taney, a Maryland native, wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to black people.

Another Confederate monument in Maryland has been removed under the cloak of darkness.

Hogan previously supported keeping the Taney statue in place.

Maryland state officials ordered the removal of a statue of controversial pro-slavery U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert B. Taney on Friday, Aug. 18 following the unrest in Charlottesville.

His statue sits outside of the State House.

Last year, the trust said it would also erect statues honoring abolitionist leaders Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. "I thought he did a really bad job responding to it", Gov. Larry Hogan said of Trump's comments in recent days.

"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our lovely statues and monuments", he wrote in a series of tweets on Thursday.

The statue will be moved to a Maryland State Archives facility, the Sun reported.

On Aug. 16, Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh of Baltimore had another statue of Taney removed from her city grounds, along with three other Confederate monuments.

Taney served as chief justice of the United States from 1836 to 1864. He also criticized Hogan for pushing a vote on the matter "outside the public eye".

Hogan announced on Tuesday that he would take action to remove the monument, saying it's "the right thing to do".

Miller said the installation of a statue of late Justice Thurgood Marshall - the first African-American appointed to the high court - on the opposite side of the State House was "a very public and purposeful compromise to give balance to the State House grounds recognizing our State and our Country have a flawed history".

"He's just trying to obfuscate the issue because he won't tell anyone where he stands on the issue, and he refused to vote, so he has been ducking it, and it's just a bunch of hogwash", Hogan said.

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