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Legacy of Courage: Dred Scott & the Quest for Freedom

In 1846, a slave named Dred Scott sued for his freedom at the St. Louis Courthouse. His case went to the Supreme Court, where the verdict set the stage for the Civil War. Today the Old Courthouse is part of Gateway Arch National Park. Legacy of Courage interprets the struggles for freedom that Dred Scott and his family experienced. The exhibit starts in the west hall and continues into the south Special Exhibit Gallery.

Slavery on Trial: The Dred Scott Decision

"Slavery on Trial" is a 17-minute film detailing the struggle for freedom of St. Louis slaves Dred and Harriet Scott, and the infamous Supreme Court decision of 1857 that declared that African Americans had "no rights a white man was bound to respect."

Free showings throughout the day.


Last updated: January 30, 2020

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