Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:00 pm
There will be a meeting of the Kennebec County, Maine County Commissioners Tuesday 2/16/21 at noon to determine the fate of the Melville Fuller statue in front of the Kennebec County Courthouse in Augusta.
Roger Leisner made a motion at the Commission’s January 21 meeting to remove the statue, given the former Chief Justice’s support of the “separate but equal” doctrine in Plessy vs. Ferguson and other racist positions. Leisner’s motion passed unanimously but debate will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, February 16 at 12:00 pm.
Born in Augusta, Maine, Melville Fuller established a legal practice in Chicago after graduating from Bowdoin College. During the Civil War, he served a single term in the Illinois House of Representatives where he was an anti-war Copperhead Democrat. As such, he not only opposed the North restoring the Union, but was considered to be a Southern sympathizer.
Those interested in weighing in may contact the three commissioners and attend the February 16 meeting via zoom.
Read more here: “Maine officials to consider removing Melville Fuller statue,” Bangor Daily News