According to a story by centralmaine.com, the donated statue of Melville Fuller, a United States Supreme Court Chief Justice, who was born in Augusta in 1833 will most likely return to the man that donated it to Kennebec County Courthouse in 2013.

Robert Fuller Jr, a descendant of Chief Justice Melville Fuller has indicated that he is willing to take back his gift in a statement through his attorney.

The State of Maine and the County Of Kennebec have been grappling with what to do with the statue ever since they announced that it will be moved due connections Chief Justice Melville Fuller had with legalized racial segregation in the Plessy v. Ferguson doctrine back in 1898.

One of the concerns and arguments with having the statue on Kennebec County Property and at the court house specifically is that there should be no misunderstanding that Fullers decisions represent what the county and State of Maine stand for at this time.

It is not a done deal at this point and there will still be a meeting later this month by the County Commission to decide the fate of the statue. There has even been talk of it being placed in the Maine State Museum.


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