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

special alert – Postponed

To Our Dred Scott Volunteers, Supporters and
Our Freedom Awards Dinner Guests,

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation, we are sad to inform you that due to circumstances beyond our control and the consequent local, state, and Federal governmental responses to the current coronavirus and COVID-19, the Dred Scott Freedom Awards Dinner, which was scheduled to take place March 28, 2020, at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac in MO, is officially postponed, with the intention to reschedule once we are all cleared to re-engage in these community activities once again. 

This past week the Board of Directors have watched and communicated in person, via phone and by email to analyze the situations that led to this decision. With the rapid changes each day, it is no longer necessary to explain this postponement as we are all aware of the state of affairs we are facing leading up to the time we would have had our event. We are in uncharted waters but anticipate a future resolution and hope that each of you who receive this are and will continue to be well. 

Everyone has been patient and even encouraging to continue earlier on until it became obvious that the inevitable is upon us. We intend to reschedule and honor our awardees at the first safe and optimal opportunity. 

Please take a moment to complete the cancellation form link below to allow us to handle your registration refund in the manner you prefer and that you then attend to your travel and hotel arrangements. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance. 

Please click here to complete cancellation  

 Look for future information on a new date for the 2020 Dred Scott Freedom Awards.

Yours sincerely,
Peggy Lewis LeCompte, Dinner Chairman
Lynne M. Jackson, President 

For those who have hotel reservations at the Hilton Frontenac, the number to contact is 314-824-6028

dred scott freedom awards dinner

Join us at this black tie affair as we honor men and women who have made major contributions through their gifts and perseverance through our 400 Plus Years of Fortitude Recognition in 2020.

This is the third Dred Scott Freedom Awards Dinner. Several deserving individuals will be honored on Saturday, March 28th at the St. Louis Hilton Frontenac Hotel at 1335 S. Lindbergh Blvd, in St. Louis, MO. This year, our Honorary Chairman is Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg, producer of the 3-part PBS documentary on the Constitution. A More or Less Perfect Union was released on January 25, 2020 and features Lynne M. Jackson (Dred Scott), Keith Plessy (Homer Plessy), and Phoebe Ferguson (John Ferguson).

The 3:00 p.m. VIP Reception and Dinner tickets are $150. The 5:00 p.m. Dinner tickets are $100. Purchase tickets at Eventbrite, see link below or mail your checks to: DSHF P.O. Box 2009 Florissant, MO 63032. For more information, contact the Dinner Chairman, Peggy Lewis LeCompte at 618-593-7196.

For room reservations at the Hilton, contact Kelly in sales at 314-993-1100. Free hotel parking.

Lynne Madison Jackson, President and Founder and Peggy Lewis LeCompte, Dinner Chairman and Past Recipient.

Go here to order tickets on Eventbrite.

Announcing . . .

THE 3D PRINTED REPRODUCTION OF
THE DRED AND HARRIET SCOTT STATUE

The first Dred Scott Statue to be erected will be reproduced via 3D printing and sold as a limited edition art piece beginning October 12th.

The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation has partnered with Think A Little Bigger, a 3D printing company located in Saint Louis, to create a limited edition 3D printed reproduction of the Dred and Harriet Scott Statue that stands at the Old Courthouse in downtown Saint Louis.   

The statue, commissioned by The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation, was designed and created by master sculptor Harry Weber. Since the Dred and Harriet Scott statue was erected in 2012, there have been many requests for a reproduction by individuals, groups and organizations. A bronze piece was an option, but recent technological advances have allowed the development of a more cost effective, signed, handcrafted, limited edition fine art piece.

Each piece stands 14 inches tall including a simulated marble base and is carefully crafted with a meticulous eye for detail. This is being announced on September 17th which coincides with Constitution Day, and ironically is also the day Dred Scott died.

This product will launch on October 12th, 2019 at the Dred Scott Reconciliation Conference. For details and registration, go to DSRC Conference. *The 2019 Conference is approved for four CLEs.

Update: THE PETITION FOR A DRED SCOTT COMMEMORATIVE STAMP

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The DS Stamp Campaign continues its efforts of soliciting “the powers that be” to create a stamp for Dred Scott and asks you to support the campaign at least with YOUR signature. We need around 100,000 to impress the decision makers so……

Here are other ways you can participate.

1.  Sign the petition found through this link: Sign the petition for a Dred Scott Commemorative Stamp and make history come alive!

2.  Download the petition and get as many signatures as you feel comfortable asking for. Partial or full pages or several pages – all are fine and should be mailed to the address at the bottom of each form.  DSHF Commemorative-Stamp Petition

3.  Post this content from our weblink on to your FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, Constant Contact, Mailchimp and any other methods you have.

Participate in our challenge:

        1,000 people get 100 signatures OR
        100 people get 1,000 signatures.  And this has been done!

Those who collect a 1,000 or more signatures will receive a custom designed Dred Scott T-Shirt and a Dred Scott frosty mug.

Meet Mary Sternberg and Kayla Vaughan. Both have collected over 1,000 signatures!!  Mary through her school leadership and with the assistance of two other wonderful teachers, Susan Fried and Amy Jacobs. 

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Kayla Vaughn with her signatures


Handmade Dred Scott stamps created by middle school students.
Florida Teachers010
Mary Sternberg, Susan Fried, Amy Jacobs and Lynne M. Jackson
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.

Another has taken up the challenge from Arizona.  Will you be next? 

If you would like to be on the team and be recognized as a DS Stamp State Coordinator, contact Mary at stamps@thedredscottfoundation.org.

A state coordinator turns in at least one page of signatures, agrees to continue efforts to get signature by enlisting others through their networks (none of this flows back to the DSHF – we simply ask for the signed petitions). 

As a state coordinator, you help us put your state and city on the map.

To date we have had participation in the marked states and if yours is not shown, won’t you consider signing up and let us include your hometown on the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation Stamp Campaign State Coordinators Locator MAP.

Dred Scott Reconciliation Conference 2019

CIVIL RIGHTS DESCENDANTS DISCUSS
LANDMARK CASES

DRED SCOTT V SANDFORD
PLESSY V FERGUSON
BROWN V BOARD OF EDUCATION

OCTOBER 12, 2019
THE MAHLER BALLROOM 
8:30 A.M.—1:30 P.M.

COST $75.00  
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH INCLUDED

SECURED PARKING ADJACENT TO BUILDING

APPROVED FOR 4 CLEs

For more information click here
To register click here

Hosted by The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation

A SIGNATURE PROGRAM OF
DRED SCOTT PRESENTS: SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF RECONCILIATION

400+ years of fortitude (1619 – 2019)

From August 2019 – August 2020, the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation commemorates 400 + Years of Fortitude of Americans of African descent and their contributions to our country.

55th anniversary of historic protest

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 loving Memory of Co-Founders Dr. John and Marsulite Madison

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.

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St. Louis County Courthouse, Clayton, Missouri

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.

Virginians for reconciliation

On April 3, 2019, the Virginians for Reconciliation hosted the descendants of Dred Scott and Roger B. Taney for a day-long visit and programs as an early event in their year long recognition of the 400th year anniversary (1619 -2019) of the first Africans who arrived in Virginia in 1619. 

The reconciliation committee, lead by former Governor Bob McDonnell, was formed in 2018 to support racial healing through conversation and policy changes.

The day included a visit to the Capital Building and the State House, where Lynne Jackson (Dred Scott) and Charlie Taney (Chief Justice Roger B. Taney) visited and addressed many of the legislative groups.  They were recognized in the General Assembly along with former Governor Bob McDonnell by Presiding Officer of the Senate Justin Fairfax, Delegate Delores McQuinn, Speaker Kirk Cox and introduced and bios read by Delegate Roslyn C. Tyler.

Pastor Sylvester Turner and Rev. Ben Campbell took the entourage to the Richmond Slave Trail.  At this site, the enslaved disembarked from the long voyage from Africa and began another most difficult journey.

A somber visit to Lumpkin’s Jail revealed an underground holding facility for enslaved persons that was confirmed by archaeologists in 2005.  It was covered over and will soon become a part of a museum.  While in office, former Gov. McDonnell appropriated $11,000,000 for the of the construction of the site renovation.

Amid several interviews with CBN, NPR, a Virginia Union University student reporter, Jackson and Taney were assisted by Attorney Paul Hedges, acting ED for VFR, Lynne Ross, Legal Consultant and past ED for NAAG, Rhian Senseman, Executive Assistant, VFR and Keith Westbrook, Administrative Assistant to Delegate McQuinn. The group made their way to Virginia Union University where Lynne and Charlie spoke and shared their story of meeting, connecting, apology and forgiveness and interacted with the audience. Thank you to all who made this possible. A special thanks to former Governor Bob McDonnell and co-sponsors Virginians For Reconciliation., Virginia Union University and Virginia Commonwealth University. To watch the full program, click here.

Additional Resources:

Descendants of Dred Scott, Roger Taney attend reconciliation event at VUU (Richmond-Times Dispatch)

Lumpkin’s Jail Timeline

Descendants of racist Supreme Court decision pledge ‘truth-telling, forgiveness and redemption’ (Capital News Service)

Main Image: Lynne Jackson (left), a great-great-granddaughter of Dred Scott’s, and Charles Taney, a descendant of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney’s, spoke Wednesday at VUU. Photo taken by JAMES H. WALLACE/TIMES-DISPATCH