By Dana Riek, Guest Reviewer
On December 2nd – 3rd, 2016 the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation held its Dred Scott Reconciliation Conference at the Frontenac Hilton Hotel’s Clayton Room. This celebration and conference marked its 10th Anniversary.
Photo source: B. Webster for Blacktie-Missouri
Kaitlyn Taney Billingsley and her father Charlie Taney, great-great nephew of the Justice that read the Dred Scott Decision are meeting for the first time. The host is the Actor’s Studio in New York, under the direction of Ms. Estelle Parsons, they play is a realistic fictitious account that Ms. Billingsley conceived could happen as portrayed by the two actors.
Thomas Jefferson’s 9th generation grandson, Shannon Lanier, joined Lynne as they reviewed some of the 10 years of reconciliation activities. Among the guest at the 11th annual Cherry Blossom Festival was a living DAUGHTER Ira, Gray Jordan, of a Civil War Veteran. That’s right….. 91 years old, her father had her when he was 82 and she reminisced about her father’s days in the civil war before his death when she was almost 9 years old.
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The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution gave their highest award, the Medal of Honor to Dred Scott’s great-great granddaughter at their regional Conference in St. Charles, MO.. Lynne Jackson accepted the award stating that she was more thrilled at the giving than the receiving and was happy to receive it in the spirit of reconciliation that the DAR afforded in bestowing this honor. Mrs. Joan Koechig of the St. Charles Chapter Nominated her and State Regent, Morgan Lake, presented the medal and certificate with President General, Lynn Forney Young.
On April 9, 2016, The attendees of the National call to Cry Out for restoration and reconciliation saw the symbolic repentance in the act of a foot washing ceremony for descendants of Martin Luther King, Jr., Alex Halley and William Ford and Dred Scott. Bishop Harry Jackson presided over this section of the day long event with Mike Berry and many pastors as all work priest mantles of authority in recognition of this historic event.