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Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Dred Scott

(In Florence 1820-1830)

Dred Scott Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, June 28, 2009
1. Dred Scott Marker

Dred Scott, whose name is associated with the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Dred Scott Decision of 1857, was born in Virginia between 1795-1809. In 1818 he was in Madison County, Alabama. He came to Florence with the Peter Blow family in 1820. About 1827 the Peter Blow Inn was established at this site, Scott served as the hostler here until the Blows relocated to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1830. Afterwards, Scott was sold to Dr. John Emerson. It was under Emerson’s service that Scott based his legal fight for freedom that resulted in the Dred Scott Decision.
Erected by Florence Historical Board.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1857.
Location. 34° 47.988′ N, 87° 40.634′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is at the intersection of N. Pine Street and W. Tennessee St on N. Pine Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AL 35630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wheeler Rifles (within shouting distance
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of this marker); Founding of Florence (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Downtown Florence Historic District (about 500 feet away); Southall Drugs (about 500 feet away); City of Florence (about 600 feet away); Karsner-Kennedy House (about 800 feet away); Original Site of FAME Recording Studio (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lauderdale County (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia: Dred Scott. Dred Scott was born in Southampton County, Virginia, in the late 1790s as property of the Peter Blow family. It appears that Scott was originally named Sam and had an older brother named Dred. However, when the brother died as a young man, Scott chose to use his brother's name. The Blow family settled near Huntsville, Alabama, where they unsuccessfully tried farming. (Submitted on September 2, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 

2. Wikipedia: Dred Scott v. Sandford. Dred Scott v. Sandford,[1] 60 U.S. (19 How.) 393 (1857), commonly referred to as The Dred Scott
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2. Dred Scott
This portrait of Dred Scott was published in June 1887 in Century Magazine.
Decision (Submitted on September 2, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 1, 2023. It was originally submitted on September 1, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 2,349 times since then and 163 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 1, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   2. submitted on September 12, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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