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Moving the Roger Taney statue

My new op-ed at the Frederick News-Post on Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to support removal of the statue of Roger Taney from its place in front of the Maryland State House:

Taney did many things in an illustrious legal career but is remembered for only one: the disastrous Dred Scott decision, which served to entrench slavery….

Change in the display of public memorials is natural and inevitable….

No one has erased him from the history books — the Dred Scott case itself makes sure of that.

Plus: some thoughts from Andrew Stuttaford. From Atlas Obscura, displaced statues as a subject of historic preservation. Related: “My favorite Civil War era monuments are the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.” [@david_tanenhaus on Twitter]

[cross-posted from Overlawyered] And from Chuck Lane at the Washington Post: how about a replacement statue honoring Maryland jurist Hugh Lennox Bond?

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“Picturing Frederick Douglass”

New book on images of the great Marylander who stood for Emancipation, reviewed by Diana Schaub [Liberty and Law] Image by Billy Hathorn (National Portrait Gallery, public domain), via Wikimedia Commons
Frederick Douglass at National Portrait Gallery IMG 4542

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Before Francis Scott Key got to it

The original melody to which “The Star-Spangled Banner” is set: listen to a rendition of “To Anacreon in Heaven” at the Smithsonian site.

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