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Statue of Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney removed from State House in Annapolis

Crews remove statue of Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney from state house grounds in Annapolis, Md. early Friday morning.  Aug. 18, 2017 (ABC7 photo) 

A statue that stood for 150 years here on the grounds of the Maryland State House in Annapolis, has now been reduced to a wooden box covering its stone base. Crews worked to protect the granite from being vandalized.

With a small group of spectators who literally cheered when it was removed, crews delicately hoisted the heavy statue of Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney off its base and onto a flatbed.

A bit of a challenge for the crane to get into the area because of all the large trees just as old if not older than the controversial statue itself. It is actually the second Taney statue to come down in Maryland this week.

One along with three other confederate statues removed Thursday in Baltimore. In 1857, Taney ruled against slave Dred Scott who sued for his freedom along with his wife and daughter's. Taney's ruling was upheld denying citizenship to all African-Americans.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who once defended the statue this week, changed his mind after what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Calling for its removal and after the house trust board voted on Wednesday, the statue has come down and now will be stored in an archives facility in Maryland.

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