House Speaker Busch: Time to Remove Taney Statue From Maryland State House Grounds


In the wake of a violent white supremacist rally in neighboring Virginia, House Speaker Michael E. Busch said Monday it’s time to take down Maryland’s most prominent monument to the Confederacy.

Busch said the statue of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney — author of the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to black people — should no longer preside over the front lawn of the Maryland State House.

“It certainly doesn’t belong there,” said Busch, a Democrat.