The statue of Roger Taney was removed from the State House grounds in Annapolis, Maryland overnight. The State House Trust board voted Wednesday to remove the memorial.
Taney was a Maryland native and Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He is infamous for writing the 1857 Dred Scott decision upholding slavery, and declaring that black people could not be considered American citizens.
Governor Larry Hogan expressed his support for its removal. He said,
“While we cannot hide from our history — nor should we — the time has come to make clear the difference between properly acknowledging our past and glorifying the darkest chapters of our history."
The removal of the monument comes on the heels of a deadly rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville.
The Taney monument was erected in 1872.