House votes to remove Confederate statues from Capitol


Democrats touted the bill as a way to honor the late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis.

A statue of Alexander Hamilton Stephens of Georgia is on display in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 11, 2020.

A statue of Alexander Hamilton Stephens of Georgia is on display in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. | AP Photo/Susan Walsh

By HEATHER CAYGLE

07/22/2020 06:09 PM EDT

The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol, the latest effort by Congress to respond to the nationwide protests over systemic racism and injustice.

The bill would remove the bust of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney from the Old Supreme Court Chamber, in the Capitol. Taney authored the Dred Scott decision in 1857, which declared African Americans couldn’t be citizens and was later widely panned. The Taney bust would be replaced with a statue of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court justice.

The legislation would also remove three statues of Americans who promoted slavery and white supremacy — Charles Aycock, John C. Calhoun, and James Paul Clarke — and require states to reclaim and replace their Confederate statues in the Capitol. There are 12 Confederate statues in the Capitol collection. (Read more)

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