Category Archives: Commemoration

Freedom Suits Memorial Unveiling, June 20, 2022

Hon. Judge David C. Mason

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.

Daughters of Union Veterans Programs and Membership

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. 

DRED SCOTT HERITAGE FOUNDATION RECEIVES MELLON FOUNDATION GRANT

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT INFORMATION
DRED SCOTT HERITAGE FOUNDATION
LYNNE M. JACKSON, PRESIDENT
314-532-5613
May 9, 2022

The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation has been notified and is proud to announce a grant of $65,000 has been designated to the foundation for the construction of The Dred Scott Memorial Monument at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, MO from the Mellon Foundation Monuments Project.

$250 million was committed by the Mellon Foundation to transform the nation’s commemorative landscape by supporting public projects that more completely and accurately represent the multiplicity and complexity of American stories. We are most grateful to the Mellon Foundation for their vision to foresee how their support can impact organizations like ours and help create new and lasting legacies to the histories of our country, some which had not been understood until these times.

The Dred Scott Memorial Monument will be constructed on the current grave site of Mr. Scott at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis. Plans are for a 9-foot-tall black granite monument facing the cemetery road. The monument will include column ornamentation with space for etching, design, the image of Dred Scott and a detailed history. A patio area with benches will be included where people can sit and meditate to understand how important Dred Scott was to the history of the United States of America.

For 90 years, at Calvary and 9 years prior at Wesleyan Cemetery, he laid in an unmarked grave.

When built, the Dred Scott Memorial Monument will continue to recognize Dred Scott’s place in history and to inform future generations of what enslaved African Americans endured in their fight for freedom and justice.

Dred Scott’s grave is among the top three most requested sites at the cemetery by visitors from all walks of life. The new memorial will be a fitting destination for those seeking this history, a place of pilgrimage and for lovers of American history. It will fulfill each of the foundation’s goals of Commemoration, Education and Reconciliation.

Archdiocese of St. Louis Juneteenth Event: Forgive Us Our Sins

The Archdiocese of St. Louis will host “Forgive Us Our Trespasses,” a Maafa commemoration and procession on Saturday, June 18, in Downtown St. Louis.

Maafa, which is a Swahili word for “great disaster,” is a traditional procession to memorialize the lives of those lost during the Middle Passage, or transatlantic slave trade.

Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski and other faith leaders will begin the event at 9 a.m. with a prayer service at the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France (Old Cathedral). The procession will include stops at sites related to the slave trade and local enslavement of Africans.

The event also will include a formal acknowledgement of the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ past involvement with the institution of slavery. The archdiocese has been researching its involvement in the slave trade as part of an effort called “Forgive Us Our Trespasses.”

For more information, contact Joyce Jones at joycejones@archstl.org or Eric Fair at ericfair@archstl.org.

https://www.archstl.org/maafa-procession-in-new-orleans-acknowledges-the-pain-of-the-slave-trade-archdiocese-of-st-louis-to-hold-similar-event-in-june-7440

Dred Scott Inducted into the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame

We are grateful for this honor and acknowledgement.  Our thanks go to the board and the staff that made it possible and assisted us during the process.

You can read more here:

St. Louis American Article

Missouri State University Article

seeking reading volunteers

Welcome to our Reading Corner on the Website! Our newest program, READING: A CIVIL RIGHT,  is comprised of teaching reading skills and the fun of family literacy. We kicked off the program in Fall of 2019 and due to recents events, we are still in need of reading  teachers, skilled reading specialists, readers and tutors. If you are interested in volunteering for this program or would like more information, please  contact us at info@thedredscottfoundation.org or 314-532-5613.

To learn your history, you should READ your history! 

Along with literacy education with Dr. Almeda Lahr-Well, we have family literacy programs with Dr. Kelly Byrd.  Take a look at this delightful video of this past summer’s Drive Through Book Giveaway held at the Field House Museum
(home of Dred Scott’s lawyer, Roswell Field.)  

Before Brown V Board of Education

67th Anniversary of the Brown Foundation

Before Brown v. Board: A look at Dred Scott v. Sandford and Plessy v. Ferguson. Panelist include Lynne M. Jackson, Keith Plessy, and Phoebe Ferguson.

Cheryl Brown Henderson,
Founder Brown Foundation

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.