PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphians mobilized in an effort to rename Taney Street, named for a problematic figure in U.S. history. The group gathered Saturday at Markward Playground to sign a petition that they plan to submit to City Council.
Taney Street is named after Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney.READ MORE: Sources: Missing Bucks County Woman Casey Johnston's Car Found In Northeast Philadelphia
Taney authored the controversial Dred Scott decision that ruled Black people weren’t U.S. citizens.READ MORE: Stallings' RBI In 9th Sends Pirates To 3-2 Win Over Phillies
That stands out as one of the most racist decisions the Supreme Court ever made.
“You know, we’re in a moment right now of change where people with privilege need to recognize that there have been made for a long time. This street has had this name for 160 years and a lot of people have very strong emotional attachments to it, but it’s named after a very problematic figure,” Ben Keys, who lives on Taney Street, said.MORE NEWS: 'It's OK To Take A Break': Lokal Artisan Foods Shuts Down For Mental Health Forum With Employees
The group says it wants a more racially inclusive street name that helps promote the community’s diversity. To sign the petition online, click here.