US Chief Justice statue that sees Plessis move

US Chief Justice statue that sees Plessis move

Augusta: A Maine county board voted to move the statue of Melville Fuller, an Augusta native, and served as chief justice of the US Supreme Court when he decided Plessy v. Ferguson, the case. Legalized racial segregation in 1896.
According to the Kennebec Journal report, the Kennebec County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to move a statue, located in front of the county court house in the capital of Maine.
The newspaper reported that the statue, which was installed in 2013, was a gift from Fuller’s cousin.
Fuller was the Chief Justice of the country’s Supreme Court when he decided the Plessy v. Ferguson case. That decision established the “separate but equal” doctrine that allowed racial segregation and the passing of Jim Crow laws. In 1954 it was overturned by the decision of Bhuri Bhuri v. Board of Education, which gave rise to racial segregation in public schools.
The commissioner will appoint a committee to decide where to take the statue. In August, the Maine Judicial Branch sent a letter to the commissioners asking them to consider relocating the statue, stating that its principal location appears on the judiciary.
“, It states that Chief Justice Andrew Mead of the Maine judicial court has written that the Maine judicial system is preventing the career of Chief Justice Fuller, including Plessy.”
County commissioners also testified about the statue whether to move it and what to do with it in December.

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