By American staff
A full day of festivities on August 12 at the Missouri History Museum will commemorate the day that Dred and Harriet Scott were granted their freedom.
“Harriet and Dred Scott are true American heroes,” Dred Scott Heritage Foundation President and Founder Lynne M. Jackson, told The American just before the bronze statue bearing their likeness was unveiled downtown back in 2012.
Next Saturday (August 12), The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation and collaborative partners the Missouri History Museum and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will spend the entire day commemorating the 160thanniversary of the day when the Scotts received their freedom.
Though the activities will be held in August, the actual date their freedom was granted was May 26, 1857.
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This year is the 160th Anniversary of the Dred Scott Decision of 1857. That decision was a major legal event and a catalyst that contributed to the Civil War. The decision declared that Dred Scott could not be free because he was not a citizen. The 14th Amendment, also called the Dred Scott Amendment, granted citizenship to all born or naturalized here and was intended to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court Decision on July 9, 1868.
The Foundation is requesting a commemorative stamp to recognize and remember the heritage of this amendment by issuing stamp with the likeness of the man, Dred Scott. We need the support of thousands of people who would like to see this happen.
To this achieve this goal, we are asking you to download, sign and share the one-page petition with others. If you are willing, fill a page (or several pages) with signatures and send to the address at the bottom of the page. You can make copies for anywhere you can get signatures. (Only one signature per person please!) Click the link to download the petition.
Under the leadership of Mary Sternberg, Florida Social Studies Teacher of the Year 2016, Seminole Middle School in Florida acquired 1,500 letters and signatures to jump start the campaign.
Challenge: Can you beat that? Give it a try and once again be a part of making history. We appreciate all efforts. Many thousands of signatures are needed so please join the campaign today! Stay tuned for updates.