The Supreme Court Building has stood at 1 First Street since 1935, a nameless monument in a neighborhood that includes many buildings named after historical figures, like the Thomas Jefferson Building and the James Madison Building, part of the Library of Congress. The building’s lack of identity can sometimes seem to mirror the opaqueness of the institution itself.
Both the edifice, and the court it houses, need a story to help Americans make sense of them.
Congress should name the Supreme Court building after Justice John Marshall Harlan — not in spite of his opposing both Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment before becoming
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