Today show highlights Dred Scott in St. Louis

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The Today Show with Harry Smith highlighted the role St. Louis has played in the civil rights movement.  See interviews with Lynne Jackson, Dred Scott descendant, Ella Jones, Mayor of Ferguson, MO and Lerone A. Martin, Director of American Culture Studies at Washington University. 

First womAn voter

In recognition of the 19th Amendment, women from around the country shared the first woman to vote in their family and highlighted them for the FIRSTWOMANVOTER.COM campaign this August. Click image to view campaign.

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

breakfast and lunch with legends

The last event of 2020 so far turned out to be Breakfast and  Lunch with Legends sponsored by the National Youth Summit, the youth organization founded by Dr. Christi Griffin.  This was a local reprise of the program given in Jackson, Mississippi where descendants of Dred Scott and Frederick Doulgass shared history.  Lynne Jackson and Kenneth Morris.  The breakfast moderator was Maxine Clark of Build A Bear and the lunch moderator was Dr. Benjamin Akande, past president of Webster University. 

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The Faces of reconciliation

The great-great granddaughter of Dred and Harriet Scott will speak on the Lincoln University campus on Tuesday, February 25. Lynne M. Jackson, President and Founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation, will speak at 7 p.m. in Richardson Fine Arts Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Scott’s great-great grandfather was the namesake for the United States Supreme Court Case Dred Scott V. John F.A. Sanford (1857), commonly known as the Dred Scott decision. In their decision, the court ruled that Scott, an enslaved person who had resided in the free state of Illinois and free territory of Wisconsin, was not entitled to his freedom due to that fact that the United States Constitution did not consider African Americans citizens of this country. This decision added fuel to the growing discourse that would eventually lead to the Civil War.

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.

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Stories of the first amendment

STORIES OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT.  FREE EDUCATOR EVENT.

Teachers, you’re invited to attend a very special professional development session on Wed Nov 6, 2019, 4:00-6:00 pm.  Meet First Amendment heroes, hear their stories, and gather techniques and resources to use in the classroom.

• Gene Policinski, President and Chief Operating Officer, Freedom Forum Institute

• Robert Patrick, Reporter on Federal Courts for the St. Louis Post Dispatch

• Mary Beth Tinker, from Tinker v. Des Moines, 1969

• Cathy (Kuhlmeier) Frey, from Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, 1988

JUST ADDED:  Hon. Noelle Collins, former journalist and current U.S. Magistrate Judge

JUST ADDED:  Lynne Jackson, descendant of Dred Scott, President and Founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation

Brought to you by the U.S. Courts.  The event is free and includes parking and light refreshments.  Space is limited and registration is required. 

Registration is limited to active classroom teachers and advisors, grades 6-12 and relevant post-secondary, in the areas of social studies and journalism. 

Questions about eligibility or other inquiries?  Call or email Rachel Marshall any time, at (314)244-2410 or Rachel_Marshall@ca8.uscourts.gov

• Location: Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse, 111 South Tenth Street, 63102

• Parking Location: Stadium West Parking Garage, 215 South Eighth Street, 63102.  OR you can also enter from 100 South Ninth Street, 63102.  (must park here to receive complimentary parking)

Stories of the First Amendment

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.

Commemorate | Educate | Reconcile

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