Descendant of Supreme Court justice apologizes for Dred Scott

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 7, 2017 12:43 PM

FILE PHOTO: The entrance to the Roger Brooke Taney House in downtown Frederick, Md. (AP Photo/Timothy Jacobsen)

(Annapolis, Md.) -- The family of the chief justice who presided over the Supreme Court in the Dred Scott decision 160 years ago apologized to the family of a slave who tried to sue for his freedom.

Charles Taney IV has apologized for the words written by his great-great-grand-uncle Roger Brooke Taney, a graduate of Dickinson College, in the U.S. Supreme Court's Dred Scott decision.

Roger Taney wrote that African-Americans could not have rights of their own and were inferior to white people.

Charles Taney stood outside the Maryland State House and apologized to Lynne Jackson, the great-great-granddaughter of Dred Scott, whose lawsuit prompted the decision. Jackson accepted the apology for her family and for "all African-Americans."

Monday marked the 160-year anniversary of the decision.

The apology took place in front of a statue of Roger Brooke Taney.

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