Dred Scott Sesquicentennial
One of the most important cases ever tried in the United States was heard in St. Louis' Old Courthouse. Dred Scott and his wife Harriet filed suit against Irene Emerson for their freedom on April 6, 1846. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court which decided the case in 1857, hastening the start of the Civil War. Two thousand seven marks the 150th anniversary of the Supreme Court Decision and Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is commemorating that anniversary with special events and an exhibit.
10:00 AM- 11:00 AM-Carr Lane Performing Arts Middle School, Dred Scott pageant
11:10-11:30 AM – Sarah Fullerton, History Day Performer, with program about Vivian Thomas
11:30-11:45 AM- Emily Hall, History Day Documentary on the Dred Scott Decision
12:00 PM- Nancy Hoppe and Chris Anibal, performance of the Blow Family story
The Dred Scott Case and Its Legacy: Race, Law, and the Struggle for Equality-a Symposium at Washington University. March 1-3
Did You Know?
The Old Courthouse at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial was a gathering place for pioneers going west. It was also the site of several important nineteeth century trials which helped fuel major changes to the American way of life. To learn more about the Old Courthouse click here. More...