Foundation wants statue to mark Dred Scott case in St. Louis

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation is raising funds for a statute it hopes to place near the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis that would mark the historic role Dred Scott and his wife played in bringing an end to slavery.

A fundraiser is planned for March 15th at the St. Louis Hilton.

Dred and Harriet Scott were Missouri slaves who sued for their freedom in St. Louis in 1846, using the argument that they had previously lived in areas where slavery was prohibited by federal law.

Dred Scott won in St. Louis, but the ruling was appealed. The Supreme Court ruled against the Scotts.

Last year marked the 150th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that brought the nation closer to Civil War.

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