John A. Madison, Jr. was a great-grandson of Dred Scott. He was the 6th child born to John Alexander Madison, Sr. (Dred Scott’s grandson) and Grace Cross Madison. He received his JD from Lincoln Law School in Jefferson City and his B.S in Education from Harris Stowe College (now HSSU). He was a lifelong Kappa and devoted father of four. Doc, as he was fondly called by his peers, taught science, history, math, law and languages during his long career with the St. Louis public schools. His children shared him with many others who called him “Dad”. He was the family spokesperson for the Dred Scott legacy until the year 2003.
Marsulite Charleston Madison was the oldest of two daughters born to Lemuel and Maruslite Harrison Charleston. Although they both were graduates of Sumner High School in St Louis, MO (she graduated at 16) Marcy, as she was called later in life, met her future husband at Harris Stowe. She graduated from nursing school and practiced as an L.P.N. Later in 1970 she graduated from Forest Park Comm College with her R.N. (Registered Nurse). Marcy was the first black head nurse at Incarnate Word Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She practiced nursing for 43 years.
The Madisons were well known and much loved in their church and community. John passed in July of 2007 two months before their 56th anniversary. Marsulite passed in 2013. Their four children, three still living, Lynne, (co-founder of DSHF), John III (d. In 2002), Marsulite and Michael, along with many cousins, enjoy the memory of their parents and co-founders of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation, begun in 2006.
St. Louis civil rights activist Percy Green was honored by the Jefferson National Parks Association with a poster commemorating his historic climb up the Gateway Arch 55 years ago on July 14, 1964. The climb was in protest of the lack of African American workers or contractors being hired for the arch construction project. The protest was successful. Today, the diversity of their workforce is evident as you walk around the newly renovated Arch. Watch the clip from Fox 2 News below.
Don’t miss Dred and Harriet with Thomas Jefferson on the wall and tables in the Arch Cafe’. It’s stunning!!
In July, 2018, Dred Scott Presents: Sons and Daughters of Reconciliation presented for the National Judicial College. It is the nation’s most influential institute for the continuing education of judges. It was a wonderful experience inspired by Judge Judy Draper and by invitation of NJC President Benes Z. Aldana.
The following interview comes out of the connections with this program and the county court’s diversity programs held in St. Louis County in 2018. Mr. Matt Livasy, HR Specialist III and Training and Development Officer, started a podcast for the courts, All In Kids Win. He invited Lynne Jackson to share the work of the Foundation. Many thanks to Matt and the county courts for this opportunity. Click the link below to listen to the podcast.
As a guest of Project Say Something and the University of North Alabama, Lynne spoke at the University on Feb 25, 2019. This group has selected, from a variety of proposed topics, a statue of Dred and Harriet Scott for the city of Florence, AL.
Dred and Harriet Scott were represented at the Washington University program Black Struggle, Resiliency and Hope for the Future on Feb 10, 2019 in Graham Chapel. It is the first of three programs throughout the year in commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first slave ship to port in Virginia in August of 1619. The programs are convened by Wash U Associate Professor Jack A. Kirkland. Among the speakers was the new chancellor, Andrew Martin, Ph. D as of June 1, 2019. Others included Adrienne D. Davis, JD and Law School Vice Provost; The Honorable Wesley Bell, St. Louis County Prosecutor, and Lynne M. Jackson, Dred Scott descendant. The rest of the trilogy will be on June 2, and November 10, 2019. The public is invited.
We believe this dedication is deserving of all the attention that can be given. Again, it is with sincere gratitude offered to Missouri Artist/Sculptor, E.S. Schubert for immortalizing Dred Scott with your work. Thank you.This portrait of Civil Rights Icon, Dred Scott was originally commissioned for the Hall of Famous Missourians. The first of the edition resides in the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Missouri. This sculpture was dedicated on May 9, 2012, one month before the dedication of a statue of Dred and Harriet Scott outside of The Old Courthouse in St. Louis, MO, making it the first known monumental statue of Dred Scott.
Young Friends of Dred Scott
8th Annual Field Trip Saturday, October 20, 2018
The tour begins at 8:45 a.m. at the Eugene Field House – 634 South Broadway and ends there by 4:00 p.m. Tour bus by Vandalia Bus Lines with accommodations.
This fascinating bus tour of the St. Louis area will tour and visually explore over 25 locations and memorials that connect to and honor the person and cause of Dred Scott’s struggle for freedom. You will be surprised and delighted by the hidden gems around the St. Louis area that exist to recognize the significance of the man and his story. Lessor known art, sculpture and honors exist all around us; some which you may pass by everyday unaware.
There will be a drawing for the New Dred Scott T-Shirt and Mug during the tour.
Updated route for return tourists!
Registration deadline is October 19, 2018 Send payment with name(s) and phone number to:
P. O. Box 2009
Florissant, MO 63032-2009
The tour will be narrated by a Dred Scott descendant.
The all-inclusive price of $75.00 includes: free secured parking at the starting site; modern bus with facilities, day long tour with many surprises, lunch at the iconic Blueberry Hill, information on national locatio ns where Dred Scott is heralded and honored, games, souvenirs, photo ops and special guests along the route. This fast paced tour has delighted young and old.
Group registrations of 5 or more are discounted at $65.00
Be sure to bring your camera! Wear comfortable shoes. You can board and disembark as you desire. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
For more information contact:
Young Friends of Dred Scott