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Historic Healing & Reconciliation – 160th Annversary Of Dred Scott Decision – Monday March 6, 2017

MARYLAND STATE HOUSE ANNAPOLIS, MD - 3/2/2017 -- NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE  NAACP Anne Arundel County, Maryland Branch P.O. 6210 Annapolis Maryland 21401   Phone: 443-883-5151       



On Monday, March 6, 2017, at 11:30 am, the 160th anniversary of the Dred Scott decision, there will be a historic apology made for The Dred Scott Decision at The Robert Brooke Taney statue in front of the Maryland State House.   The Descendants of both former Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney and The Dred Scott family are coming together on March 6th for two reasons. First, to reconfirm the reconciliation of the Scotts and Taneys, with accompanying apology and forgiveness. Second, to speak against the removal of the Roger Brooke Taney statue Maryland State Capitol Grounds.  Instead, they see an opportunity for reconciliation via the erection of statues of Dred Scott and Frederick Douglass to stand in a position of dialogue with Roger Brooke Taney, along with an educational display on the Dred Scott decision and its aftermath.  And, they will help raise the funds for the Dred Scott statue. The Scotts and Taneys believe that Americans should learn from their history, not bury their history.


A  Healing and Reconciliation Prayer Breakfast, at The Calvary United Methodist Church ~ 301 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, MD 21401 will be held from 8:30-10:30 am. (Open to the public and costs $10.  Please RSVP for the Breakfast to  Followed by the reconciliation ceremony, at THE ROGER BROOKE TANEY statue outside the Maryland State House, at 11:30 am.  Descendants of Roger Brooke Taney, Charles Taney IV, New York Actress Kate Taney Billingsley, Lynn Jackson, President Of The Dred Scott Foundation, St, Louis, MO (and Great-great granddaughter of Dred Scott) along with William Alexander Haley (Grandson Of Alex Haley, author of Malcolm X and "Roots") and other members of the Haley family will be leading the event.   Nationally known speaker Bishop Harry Jackson, Co-founder of The Reconciled Church, Beltsville, Maryland will be the keynote speaker.

Additional Information:                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

The descendants of Dred Scott and Roger Brooke Taney were brought together by a work of art. In May 2016, the renowned Actors Studio in New York City produced the premiere of A Man of His Time, a one-act play centered on an emotional meeting of the descendants of Scott and Taney set in today’s time.  The playwright is Kate Taney Billingsley, an actor and member of the Actors Studio.  The Actors Studio invited Lynne Jackson, the great-great-granddaughter of Dred Scott and Charlie Taney, the great-great-great nephew of Roger Brooke Taney to come to New York to participate in a talk-back session with the audience after the play.  Jackson lives in Missouri, Taney in Connecticut.

After meeting in New York, Lynne Jackson and Charlie Taney formed a working relationship.  Jackson says; "Only Divine Providence could have set up the Scott and Taney descendants’ first meeting around an amazing play written by a Taney about Scott and Taney descendants meeting for the first time!  I had hoped to meet and draw them out over time to build a relationship through the Foundation's work and they actually contacted me.  It was a highlight for me personally and for the Foundation's 10th anniversary."

Jackson is the founder and president of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation in St. Louis and was working on a strategic plan for her foundation.  Taney consults with non-profits and offered to work pro bono with Jackson on this project.  After successfully completing the strategic plan, Jackson invited Taney to Dred Scott Presents Sons & Daughters of Reconciliation, a December 2016 conference in St. Louis hosted by the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation.  At this event, the Taney and Scott families participated in a public reconciliation.  Taney recognized the harm caused to African Americans by the infamous Dred Scott decision authored by Roger Brooke Taney, and formally apologized for the Taney family to the Scott family.  In turn, the Scott family formally forgave the Taney family.  The result is a new foundation of trust, and a commitment to work together on the reconciliation of black and white America.  Charlie Taney says, “Working with Lynne Jackson and the Scott family on reconciliation has been an important and deeply moving experience. “

On the morning of March 6th at 10 AM, a reading of "A Man of His Time" written by Kate T. Billingsley will be performed at The Prayer Breakfast Calvary United Methodist Church ~ 301 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, MD 21401. A Postreading conversation will follow with Charles Taney IV and LynnJackson.  For additional information                                                     ( See  

As President Obama said in his remarks at Reverend Clementa Pickney’s funeral after the 2015 Charleston massacre, “Justice grows out of our recognition of each other.” This public reconciliation between these two families yoked together by history, is a further attempt at achieving justice through mutual recognition and reconciliation.  

MEMBERS OF THE PRESS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND  CONTACT:   Rev. Stephen Tillett, President Of NAACP Anne Arundel County, Maryland Branch Phone:  (443) 883-5151  E-mail: Or Rev. Mike Berry, President Of Justice United, Inc. Phone:  (443) 333-9410  E-mail:

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