Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Roger Brooke Taney, 1777 - 1864
Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court
Although Taney considered slavery an evil, he believed its abolition had to be led by the states in which slavery existed. He freed his own slaves when he inherited them and provided pensions to those too old to work.
In the infamous Dred Scott v. Sanford decision, Taney wrote that persons of African descent did not possess rights of citizenship, because, he said, the framers had not included blacks, either free or enslaved, in the original community of people covered by the Constitution. The court also held that the 1820 Missouri Compromise which prohibited slavery in the western territories, was unconstitutional.
Aside from the Dred Scott decision, Taney is considered by many legal scholars and historians to have been a great magistrate and a distinguished chief justice.
Roger Brook Taney
Bendann Bros, 1850-1864
Maryland State Archives
William Henry Rinehart (1825-1874)
Maryland State Archives
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Civil Rights. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1917.
Location. 38° 58.721′ N, 76° 29.441′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on State Circle. Marker is on the East side of the State House. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dred Scott, 1799 - 1858 (here, next to this marker); General Washington (a few steps from this marker); Matthew Alexander Henson (a few steps from this marker); St. Mary's City Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Maryland (within shouting distance of this marker); Maryland State House (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacred to the Memory of Baron de Kalb (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Treasury Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
Also see . . . Roger Brooke Taney Biography - biographybase.com. (Submitted on July 26, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 491 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on September 13, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 26, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 3. submitted on September 13, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.