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University City in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Dred & Harriet Scott

Dred Scott: Born Circa 1799

 

— Harriet Scott: Birth Date Unknown —

 
Dred & Harriet Scott Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, October 7, 2018
1. Dred & Harriet Scott Marker
Inscription.  Remembered for the infamous 1857 decision that denied them their freedom, Dred and Harriet Scott spent much of their adult lives enslaved in St. Louis. In the 1830s, Dred Scott's slave owner took him to the free State of Illinois and then to federal territory, where slavery was prohibited. While there, he married Harriet. They were returned to St. Louis in 1838, and in 1846 began a courageous 11-year legal battle for emancipation based on their time spent in free territory. The U.S. Supreme Court's decision withheld the fundamental rights of citizenship from Dred and Harriet Scott--and all black Americans--propelling the nation toward Civil War.
 
Erected 2006 by St. Louis Walk of Fame.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansWomen. In addition, it is included in the Missouri, St. Louis Walk of Fame series list.
 
Location. 38° 39.375′ N, 90° 18.424′ W. Marker is in University City, Missouri, in
Dred Scott image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
2. Dred Scott
Century Magazine, June 1887.
St. Louis County. Marker is on Delmar Boulevard west of Leland Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6647 Delmar Boulevard, Saint Louis MO 63130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Sisler (here, next to this marker); James B. Eads (a few steps from this marker); Jackie Smith (a few steps from this marker); Dick Weber (a few steps from this marker); Dizzy Dean (a few steps from this marker); William Danforth (within shouting distance of this marker); Irma Rombauer (within shouting distance of this marker); Branch Rickey (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in University City.
 
Harriet Scott image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
3. Harriet Scott
Century Magazine,, June, 1887.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 30, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 10, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 10, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2, 3. submitted on October 12, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Jul. 7, 2020