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

Dred and Harriet Scott

 
 
Dred and Harriet Scott Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 16, 2014
1. Dred and Harriet Scott Marker
Inscription.  Dred and Harriet Scott filed suit for their freedom at this courthouse in 1846. Their case reached the United States Supreme Court and was decided in 1857. The court ruled that the Scotts and all African Americans were not citizen of the United States. Opposition to the decision was one of the causes of the Civil War and led to the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution. The Scotts’ struggle for freedom stands as a defining moment in the history of the Civil Rights Movement.

Harry Weber, Sculptor

 
Erected 2012 by Dred Scott Heritage Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil Rights.
 
Location. 38° 37.528′ N, 90° 11.333′ W. Marker is in Downtown in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on North 4th Street near Market Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 North 4th Street, Saint Louis MO 63102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joseph Pulitzer (a few steps from this marker); The Old Courthouse
Dred and Harriet Scott Statue image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 16, 2014
2. Dred and Harriet Scott Statue
(a few steps from this marker); Sold on the Steps of Justice (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Reach of the Revolution (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); KMOX (about 300 feet away); La Rue Missouri (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown.
 
More about this marker. The Dred and Harriet Scott statue is located in front of the Old Courthouse.
 
Also see . . .
1. Dred Scott - Wikipedia. In 1836 Dred Scott met a teenaged slave named Harriet Robinson whose slave owner was Major Lawrence Taliaferro, an army officer from Virginia. Taliaferro allowed Scott and Harriet to marry and transferred his ownership of Harriet to Dr. Emerson so the couple could be together. In 1838, Harriet gave birth to their first child, Eliza. In 1840, they had another daughter they named Lizzie. Eventually, they would also have two sons, but neither survived past infancy. (Submitted on November 12, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 

2. Dred Scott v. Sandford - Wikipedia. Dred Scott v. Sandford,
Dred and Harriet Scott Statue image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 16, 2014
3. Dred and Harriet Scott Statue
60 U.S. 393 (1857), was a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court held that African Americans, whether enslaved or free, could not be American citizens and therefore had no standing to sue in federal court, and that the federal government had no power to regulate slavery in the federal territories acquired after the creation of the United States.
(Submitted on November 12, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
Dred Scott image. Click for full size.
Public Domain, n.d.
4. Dred Scott
Harriet Scott image. Click for full size.
Public Domain, n.d.
5. Harriet Scott
Dred and Harriet Scott Marker image. Click for full size.
By Pat Filippone, August 18, 2015
6. Dred and Harriet Scott Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 472 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 12, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   6. submitted on November 26, 2015, by Pat Filippone of Stockton, California. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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