Legislation will place bust of trailblazing Supreme Court justice in the U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, released the statement below after the Senate passed legislation to honor Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the nation’s highest court, with a bust in the U.S. Capitol. The bust of Marshall will be placed in a prominent location near the old Supreme Court Chamber in the U.S. Capitol. The legislation also removes the bust of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, the author of the Dred Scott v. Sanford decision, from the U.S. Capitol.

“From his work as a civil rights lawyer pushing to end segregated schools to his trailblazing tenure on the highest court in the land, Justice Thurgood Marshall fought tirelessly throughout his career to advance justice and equality for all,” said Klobuchar. “The Capitol is our most recognizable symbol of democracy, a place where all Americans have their voices represented and heard.  We must ensure that its art reflects the values on which our country stands. It is only fitting that we honor Justice Marshall’s service to our country by installing a bust of this groundbreaking Justice in the Capitol, ensuring that his legacy will be commemorated in the heart of our democracy.”  

As Chairwoman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, Klobuchar has long worked to make the Capitol more representative of our nation’s diversity. In April, her bipartisan, bicameral legislation to honor Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor with statues in the U.S. Capitol complex was signed into law.