ANNAPOLIS, Md. — An architect has proposed a compromise to the debate over whether Roger Taney’s statue should be removed from the State House grounds: To contrast Taney with abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
The Capital Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1RXASrm) architect Chip Bohl recently proposed to move the Taney statue to the side of the State House’s entrance and have a Frederick Douglass statue staring directly at it from across the way.
A bill calling for removal of the statue is being considered by the State Legislature.
Taney was a U.S. Supreme Court Justice who wrote the majority opinion in the 1857 Dred Scott case, when the court declared African-Americans couldn’t be U.S. citizens.
Bohl says a statue of Douglass would show how far the country has progressed since the 1800s and how the ideologies of two men from Maryland helped to shape the nation’s history.
Information from: The Capital, http://www.capitalgazette.com/