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Downtown in St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Old Courthouse

 
 
The Old Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Frankie, April 22, 2013
1. The Old Courthouse Marker
Inscription.  On April 6, 1846, a slave named Dred Scott and his wife Harriet sued for their freedom in this courthouse. The Scotts had been taken by their owner to free jurisdictions and then returned to Missouri, a slave state. In 1857, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney of the U.S. Supreme Court announced the decision in the case of Dred Scott v. Sandford. He stated that Americans of African ancestry were not eligible to be citizens, based on the historical claim that they "had no rights which the white man was bound to respect." Taney's opinion also declared that Congress could not prevent the spread of slavery into the Western territories. This decision fueled sectional conflict which led to the Civil War.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. A significant historical date for this entry is April 6, 1846.
 
Location. 38° 37.536′ N, 90° 11.333′ W. Marker is in Downtown in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on 11 North 4th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Louis MO 63101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joseph Pulitzer (here, next to this marker); Dred and Harriet Scott (a few steps from this marker); Western Reach of the Revolution
The Old Courthouse and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Frankie, April 22, 2013
2. The Old Courthouse and Marker
The marker is to the left of the main entrance to the Old Courthouse.
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Sold on the Steps of Justice (within shouting distance of this marker); International Fur Exchange (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln Slept Here (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); La Rue Missouri (about 300 feet away); KMOX (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown.
 
Interior of the Old Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Frankie, April 22, 2013
3. Interior of the Old Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2018. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 23, 2018. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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