Supreme Court justice family apologise over slave

2017-03-07 20:30
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Annapolis - The family of the chief justice who presided over the Supreme Court 160 years ago have apologised to the family of a slave who tried to sue for his freedom.

Charley Taney has apologised for the words written by his great-great-grand-uncle Roger Brooke Taney in the US 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.

Charley Taney stood outside the Maryland State House and apologised 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."

The 160-year anniversary of the decision was marked on Monday. The apology took place in front of a statue of Roger Brooke Taney.
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