Category Archives: Event

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.

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

Celebration of Gratitude

The Celebration of Gratitude for the 1852 Dred Scott Decision renunciation held on March 26, 2022 at Central Baptist Church was an incredibly unforgettable experience for all who attended.  Many, many thanks to those who participated and those who made the renunciation and the celebration possible and all who attended the joyful celebration!

Celebration of Gratitude Committee
Monica Butler
Pastor Myrten Byrd, Jr. 
Kimm Gaines
Lois Hogan
Lynne Jackson
Dr. Irma Ortiz
Bethany Spaulding
Johnathan Thomas
Brenda Young

Legislative Leaders
State Rep. Dottie Bailey
Atty. Mary Browning
Senator Mike Moon
State Rep. Raychel Proudie
Senator Steven Roberts
AND
All others who voted in the
House of Representatives of the 101st General Assembly, First Regular Session, and concurring Senate

Speak to the City Celebration of Gratitude with Dred Scott 2022.mp4   

Here is a link to the video of the program.  Due to technical issues the first 3 minutes and 8 seconds do not have sound, however it was mostly about the welcoming and housekeeping. Start there and enjoy the celebration!

Dred Scott Renunciation Resolution

Black US Marshals Exhibit

Dates & Times

Sat        5/7       1-4 pm
Tues     5/10     1-4 pm
Fri         5/13     4-7 pm
Mon      5/16     1-4 pm
Weds    5/18    1-4 pm
Tues     5/24    1-4 pm
Thurs    5/26    1-4 pm
Wed      6/1      1-4 pm
Sat        6/4      1-4 pm

Directions

Highway 40 West (from the city) to Clarkson/Olive exit. Take the Outer left turn lane and make the first right ( about 500 ft) into the Chesterfield Mall parking lot. ( At the sign for the Drury Hotel.) Park near the Cheesecake Factory, enter the main entrance double doors.  Walk on the right side down to the center court, straight ahead and right into the front door of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation.   You will see the sign above the door as you proceed ahead.

Give STL Day!


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