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Great-great granddaughter of Dred and Harriet Scott of the Dred Scott Decision, 1857.

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The Foundation is working to create a memorial monument for Dred Scott at Calvary Cemetery. For 90 years Mr. Scott lay in an unmarked and unknown grave. In 1957, his site was discovered and a simple marker was place over him. We are planning a new black granite memorial over the three plots that were purchased for him in accordance with regulations regarding racially segregated cemeteries. It will stand 9′ high with a 10 ‘X 10’ base and two mediation benches. Significant production time requires us to order it by late Spring as it our hope to have the new monument installed for the 165th anniversary year in 2022. The time is now.

Follow this link to donate today! https://www.givestlday.org/dredscottlivesorgdredscottfoundation

Documentary AMEND narrated by Will Smith Features Scott and Taney Descendants

Producer and actor Will Smith narrates this fresh look at ‘Who is America’ in this new documentary, “AMEND” on Netflix which started February 17, 2021 produced by The Documentary Group. The Dred Scott and Justice Taney families are featured in this six (6) part docuseries on the 14th Amendment. 

Charlie Taney and Lynne Jackson are seen in a program and news clip from Virginia Union University (2020) and Annapolis, Maryland. (2016) regarding reconciliation in Part 1. Plan to watch this new treatment on citizenship. With our thanks to co-producer Libby Kreutz. See the trailer above and watch on Netflix now.

Article from the Chicago-Sun Times on the Docuseries AMEND
https://chicago.suntimes.com/movies-and-tv/2021/2/16/22285613/amend-review-fight-for-america-netflix-series-will-smith-mahershala-ali

Current events


The Dred Scott Calvary Cemetery Memorial GoFundMe Campaign is in full force. Click here.


Join us in our new Reading and Literature Program in 2021.  The Foundation has collaborated with Dr. Almeda Lahr-Well  (http://www.lahrwellacademy.org/) to teach  the skill of reading through proven methodologies and with Dr. Kelly Byrd (https://loveforliteracy.org/)…continue reading


Recent media stories– including Women and the 19th Amendment,  Dred Scott nominated to the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame and the Dred Scott Cemetery Memorial Campaign.

Reading: A Civil right

Join us in our new Reading and Literature Program in 2021.  The Foundation has collaborated with Dr. Almeda Lahr-Well  (http://www.lahrwellacademy.org/) to teach  the skill of reading through proven methodologies and with Dr. Kelly Byrd (https://loveforliteracy.org/) to share the love for literature in its many forms, especially as a family affair.  We are recruiting individuals to be tutors in the reading program. If you are someone you know are interested, contact Dr. Lahr-Well at 618-288-8064.  The training and programs will be in multiple locations around the St. Louis Area.

A new memorial for Dred Scott at calvary cemetery

The above is a structural rendition of the new Dred Scott Cemetery Memorial. There will be text sharing the history of the case and the family written throughout the monument.

Thank you all who have donated.  We have an opportunity to dedicate this on Juneteenth 2021 if we raise the money by
December 15, 2020. The nine foot high, ten by ten area will be black granite with two benches.  Share it far and wide on social media, let’s make this happen! Your support will help us see this in 2021.

September 17th is Constitution Day.   Dred Scott’s connection to the Constitution is inescapable. So much so, that the Amendments that helped bring down the undignified aspects of slavery are also known as the Dred Scott Amendments.

On this 162nd anniversary of his death, September 17, 1858, the foundation that bears his name seeks to honor him with a new grave site memorial.  Constitution Day 2020 the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation launched the Dred Scott Memorial Go Fund Me
Campaign.

To donate and for more information, click the GoFundMe icon below and see the press release link:



Dred Scott Monument Article by The St. Louis American


This is the current headstone from 1957 and with your help we can install a new monument in 2021.

A More or less perfect union

In honor of Constitution Day, the Free to Chose Network is airing their 2020 production of A MORE OR LESS PERFECTION UNION, exploring the constitution in three one hour segments, featuring the Dred Scott case. Join Justice Douglas Ginsburg on a PBS channel near you or on YouTube and Amazon Prime. Click on the image below to watch online and to check local listings. The St. Louis metropolitan area can watch on Sunday, September 13th on PBS at 8:00 p.m. CST.

Dred Scott visits summer camp

Brenda Young invited Apostolic Women STL to help summer Sun Splash Summer Camp celebrate their final day with Camp Director, Velma Bailey on August 28, 2020.  Brenda share motivational thoughts with the campers.

Bessie Pugh hung out to encourage the kids.  Barry Pugh taught them how to say Philippians 4:13 in 5 languages. Lynne Jackson told them who Dred Scott was and gave each one a Dred Scott “million dollar bill” from the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation to encourage them about the fact that “… even enslaved people can make a difference and be remembered.  If they can so can we!”