HONORING MUSIC LEGENDS ALLEDA WARD WELLS AND KENNETH BROWN BILLUPS FEATURING FORMER STUDENTS AND THE LEGEND SINGERS SUMNER HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH
HAPPY HOUR FROM 5 PM TO 6:30 PM IN THE GRAND HALL MUSIC CELEBRATION FROM 6:30 PM – 8 PM IN THE AUDITORIUM
Mrs. Wells taught hundreds of young people how to play classical music in her home on Goode Ave in the Ville neighborhood in St. Louis from approximately 1945-1995, over 50 years.
She had outstanding talent and was trained by the best!
Her mother, Mrs.Ward, saw to it that she had the best and therefore she GAVE the best.
On December 1, 2022, she was honored by her former students at the Missouri History Museum along with another Ville legend, Mr. Kenneth Brown Billups. Between the two of them, there was no lack of musical excellence in the African American neighborhood, the VILLE.
Mrs. Wells was well known for her bi-annual 8 Piano Festivals where as many as 16 people were playing such beautiful renditions of Ferrante and Tiecher’s Tonight and Exodus among many other beautiful melodies. Sleigh Ride was a favorite and must have composers such as a Bach two-part invention, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Mozart were annual requirements for students in the National Piano Guild Competition.
I (Lynne) do not neglect to put my time with her on my professional resumes. Asked once if I really needed it, I said emphatically,”Yes!” Never would I diminish the importance of the privilege to have been one of her students or would she be diminished by being omitted. The Alleda Ward Wells Studio was the Juilliard in the Ville!!!!
She was a woman of faith, beauty, confidence, excellence and love. We all loved her. She gave her best and we gave ours back to her!
Join us for a storytelling time of how Sons and Daughters of enslaved and slavers have met in this day and age around unexpected and unplanned circumstances to be the people of this generation to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of their ancestors. Lunch will be provided.
This week on Conversations with Kenyatta, Kenyatta D. Berry, author of The Family Tree Toolkit, and host of PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow is joined by Lynne Jackson, President, and Founder of The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation, and descendant of Dred Scott.
AN ORIGINAL ART EXHIBIT DISPLAYING THE MANY FACES AND DEPICTIONS OF MR. SCOTT
A fun, thoughtful, historical, original and surprising collection of the many depictions of Dred Scott as owned, researched, gifted to and created for descendant Lynne M. Jackson. Sharing not only the old and new but the treasured and personal family piece of the original charcoal drawing of Dred and Harriet and the story behind it.
(The original will be shown only on the 10th)
This exhibit includes a gifted stained glass piece by a master artist, and three (3) specially requested pieces from some very special artists, two of whom will be present. The third will not be present but you will feel their presence.
We are exhilarated to present this unique collection of 30 pieces.
The Exhibit Opens On Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 12 noon – 4:00 p.m. Location: Dred Scott Office Center at Chesterfield Mall at Highway 40 and Clarkson
(Enter main doors next to the Cheesecake Factory, walk straight ahead to exhibit.) Free to the public – Donations accepted and appreciated.
See www.dredscottlives.org for scheduled dates and times on September 6. Request for special times can be made for groups of 10 or more
The Freedom Suits Memorial was the brain child of Judge David Mason of St. Louis, Missouri. Artist Preston Jackson was commissioned to create a monument celebrating those courageous enslaved ones who dared sue for their freedom and the lawyers who represented them. The event will take place June 20, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. at the Civil Courts Building. The public is invited.
On May 5, 2021, the Daughters of Union Veterans (DUV) held their national conference in St. Louis, MO. Lynne Jackson was the luncheon speaker. To her surprise, she was given an honorary membership to the DUV nominated by Joan Koechig and given by Dr. Sandra K. Millin, National President. The event was held at the Hilton Frontenac. From that she was invited by Carol Comp, President Oklahoma Department to the Oklahoma Department DUVCW Convention. On May 21, 2022 she will be the guest speaker in Oklahoma City with Tent President, Lauri Womack.. The DUV have chapters around the country and welcome membership to any whose ancestors are vetted to have fought in the Union for the Civil War. Many women who are DUV are also DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) from whom Ms. Jackson has received 3 awards for sharing the history and having now a long standing relationship with these organizations going back to the first meeting in Chesterfield, MO in 2007.
What a great day it was! Many of you gave and we received $2,984 through the portal plus $1,026 for a total of $4,110 in the 2022 campaign. We are thankful for all your support. Year two and counting! We thank the St. Louis Foundation for their extremely generous platform provided for area non-profits and plan to take full advantage of their most wonderful resources next year. We congratulate all participants and thank the St. Louis area for being so giving and supportive of the many missions in our community. Thank you so much~ ON TO 2023!!!