St Louis Courthouse to Feature Dred Scott Statue

Photo courtesy of Library of Congress

ST. LOUIS  — A life-sized statue of Dred and Harriet Scott will be unveiled Friday in front of the historic Old Courthouse in St. Louis. The unveiling of the life-sized statue on June 8th will be the first full statue ever dedicated to Dred Scott and his wife Harriet.

The Scotts petitioned the Old Courthouse in St. Louis  in 1846 for their freedom from slavery, setting in motion the presidential candidacy of Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Civil War and three amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

As the great-great granddaughter of Dred Scott, Mrs. Lynne M. Jackson founded the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation in 2006, and she will participate in the unveiling of the statue as it is gifted to the American people through the National Parks Service.

To date, the foundation has raised over $150,000 towards the statue’s $250,000 dollar price tag. Others participating in the unveiling ceremony will include: descendants of Dred Scott; St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed; Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff; National Park Service Superintendent Thomas Bradley; and sculptor Harry Weber.


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