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ANNOUNCING THE 2018 DRED SCOTT FREEDOM AWARDS DINNER

On Sunday, March 18, 2018, we will proudly honor several individuals whose lives have exemplified selfless service and outstanding character in the pursuit of their life’s calling.

We are delighted to have as our Honorary Co-chairs the Honorable Missouri Supreme Court Judge George W. Draper III and St. Louis Circuit Court Associate Judge Judy Draper. Once again our Awards Dinner Chairman is Ms. Peggy Lewis LeCompte. We invite you to support our dinner and help us celebrate these servant leaders for willfully exercising their sacrificial duty to our needy society.

We hope you will join us!

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A Special Day for Dred and Harriet

By American staff

A full day of festivities on August 12 at the Missouri History Museum will commemorate the day that Dred and Harriet Scott were granted their freedom.

“Harriet and Dred Scott are true American heroes,” Dred Scott Heritage Foundation President and Founder Lynne M. Jackson, told The American just before the bronze statue bearing their likeness was unveiled downtown back in 2012.

Next Saturday (August 12), The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation and collaborative partners the Missouri History Museum and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will spend the entire day commemorating the 160thanniversary of the day when the Scotts received their freedom.

Though the activities will be held in August, the actual date their freedom was granted was May 26, 1857.

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Come one! Come all! Commemorate the 160th anniversary of the historic day when the Scotts received their freedom!

Written by Liz Sharpe-Taylor

The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation in collaboration with the Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and with support from Sandberg Phoenix and von Gontard, P.C. are partnering together to commemorate the 160thanniversary of the historic day when the Scotts received their freedom. * On Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Foundation and the History Museum will host a celebration of that little known but monumental day with a series of festivities to recognize the long battle fought by the Scott family to win their freedom from enslavement.

The event will feature several presentations:

  • A play, A Man of His Time, written by Kate Taney Billingsley, a descendant of Chief Justice Roger B.Taney of the Dred Scott Decision, and performed and directed by the St Louis Black Rep;
  • A presentation by Lynne Madison Jackson titled Dred Scott: The History You Never Knew, revealing little known facts about St. Louis’ history and its relationship to the Dred Scott case;
  • A musical composition entitled Freedom Suite, a powerful three-part movement written for the Dred Scott family by Dr. Barbara Harbach, Professor of Music at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, to be performed by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, featuring Alison Harney, Jessica Cheng, Chris Tantillo, Melissa Brooks and David DeRiso.
  • And an encore panel discussion – Dred Scott Presents: Sons and Daughters of Reconciliation. Panelist include the families of Thomas Jefferson, (Shannon Lanier) Peter Blow, Scott’s owners (John LeBourgeois), Dred Scott (Lynne Jackson), Justice Roger B. Taney (Kate Taney Billingsley) and Jefferson Davis (Bertram Hayes-Davis).  Their stories will reveal facts known and unknown facts about how their families are connected to the Dred Scott Decision.

For younger participants, the History Clubhouse will have special Dred Scott activities, and games provided by Anthony Clair, owner of Time 4Fun Events. Children will have the opportunity to learn from the Dred Scott Activity and Coloring Book, written by Lynne Madison Jackson, for the Foundation, supported by Really Big Coloring Books.

In addition, local actors John LaGrone and Peggy Nealy Harris from the Dred Scott Theatre Troupe and the Missouri History Museum’s Civil Rights Exhibit will portray famous characters of the Dred Scott Decision. Local artists Debi Piclkler, and CBABI Bayoc will create inspiring art in the grand hall.

Participating community organizations presenting that day include: Community Women Against Hardship, Father’s Support Center, Covering House, Greenwood Cemetery, Office of the Secretary of State, Really Big Coloring Books, EyeSeeMe African American Children’s Books, Dred Scott Stamp Campaign, Strength to Love Media Project, Time 4 Fun, Young Friends of Dred Scott and the DSHFoundation. * The actual date of the Scott family’s freedom was May 26, 1857

This event was initiated by and is generously sponsored by Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. We express thanks and appreciation to our sponsoring law firm.

The event is free and open to the public.

 

Photo source: mohistory.org/welcome

ANNOUNCING: OFFICIAL KICKOFF OF THE DRED SCOTT COMMEMORATIVE STAMP LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN

In 2015, a letter was sent to request a Dred Scott stamp. On this 160th Anniversary, we are requesting thousands of letters and petitions that are needed to be written in support of a Dred Scott Commemorative Stamp.

The request is in recognition of the 14th Amendment in 2018. It is also called the Dred Scott Amendment. Mary Sternberg is the coordinator who has already worked with a Florida Middle School which submitted almost 1,500 requests. We will be asking for your help and support to submit support letters.

Look for more information soon!

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Below, the proposed “concept proofs” designed by St. Louis-based Designer, Mark Scott Carroll.

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Historic Healing & Reconciliation 160th Annversary Of Dred Scott Decision Monday March 6, 2017

MARYLAND STATE HOUSE ANNAPOLIS, MD – 3/2/2017 — NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE  NAACP Anne Arundel County, Maryland Branch P.O. 6210 Annapolis Maryland 21401   Phone: 443-883-5151  www.annearundelcountynaacp.org

A CALL FOR RACIAL HEALING & RECONCILIATION ON  THE 160TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DRED SCOTT DECISION Monday, March 6, 2017

THE EVENT

On Monday, March 6, 2017, at 11:30 am, the 160th anniversary of the Dred Scott decision, there will be a historic apology made for The Dred Scott Decision at The Robert Brooke Taney statue in front of the Maryland State House.   The Descendants of both former Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney and The Dred Scott family are coming together on March 6th for two reasons. First, to reconfirm the reconciliation of the Scotts and Taneys, with accompanying apology and forgiveness. Second, to speak against the removal of the Roger Brooke Taney statue Maryland State Capitol Grounds.  Instead, they see an opportunity for reconciliation via the erection of statues of Dred Scott and Frederick Douglass to stand in a position of dialogue with Roger Brooke Taney, along with an educational display on the Dred Scott decision and its aftermath.  And, they will help raise the funds for the Dred Scott statue. The Scotts and Taneys believe that Americans should learn from their history, not bury their history.


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http://www.crossroadstoday.com/story/34647475/historic-healing-reconciliation-l-160th-annversary-of-dred-scott-decision-l-monday-march-6-2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

160th Anniversary of the Dred Scott Decision
Annapolis, MD Reconciliation Event
March 6, 2017
Contact: Tracey Wagner
traceywagner@justiceunited.org 
Phone:  443-333-9410

The modern-day families of Dred Scott and Roger Brooke Taney were brought together by a work of art.

In May, 2016, the renowned Actors Studio in New York City produced the premier of A Man of His Time, a one act play centered on an emotional meeting of the descendants of Scott and Taney set in today’s time. The playwright is Kate Taney Billingsley, an actor and member of the Actors Studio. The Actors Studio invited Lynne Jackson, the great-great-granddaughter of Dred Scott and Charlie Taney, the great-great-great nephew of Roger Brooke Taney to come to New York to participate in a talk-back session with the audience after the play. Jackson lives in Missouri, Taney in Connecticut.

After meeting in New York, Lynne Jackson and Charlie Taney formed a working relationship. Jackson says; “Only Divine Providence could have set up the Scott and Taney descendant’s first meeting around an amazing play written by a Taney about Scott and Taney descendants meeting for the first time! I had hoped to meet and draw them out over time to build a relationship through the Foundation’s work and they actually contacted me. It was a highlight for me personally and for the Foundation’s 10th anniversary.”

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Jackson is the founder and president of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation in St. Louis and needed help with a strategic plan. Taney consults with non-profits and offered to work pro bono with Jackson on this project. After successfully completing the strategic plan, Jackson invited Taney to Dred Scott Presents Sons & Daughters of Reconciliation, a December 2016 conference in St. Louis hosted by the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation. At this event the Taney and Scott families participated in a public reconciliation. Taney recognized the harm caused to African Americans by the infamous Dred Scott decision authored by Roger Brooke Taney, and formally apologized for the Taney family to the Scott family. In turn, the Scott family formally forgave the Taney family. The result is a new foundation of trust, and a commitment to work together on the reconciliation of black and white America.  Charlie Taney says, “Working with Lynne Jackson and the Scott family on reconciliation has been an important and deeply moving experience. “

Another work of art, the statue of Roger Brooke Taney in Annapolis, is bringing the Scott’s and Taney’s together again. On March 6, 2017, the 160th anniversary of the Dred Scott decision, they will be at the Taney statue in front of the Maryland State House. They are coming together on March 6th for two reasons. First, to reconfirm the reconciliation of the Scott’s and Taney’s, with accompanying apology and forgiveness. Second, to speak against the removal of the Taney statue. Instead, they see an opportunity for reconciliation via the erection of a statue of Dred Scott to stand side-by-side with Roger Brooke Taney, along with an educational display on the Dred Scott decision and its aftermath. And, they will help raise the funds for the Dred Scott statue. The Scott’s and Taney’s believe that Americans should learn from their history, not bury their history.

On the morning of March 6th, a reading of A Man of His Time will be performed.

As President Obama said in his remarks at Reverend Pickney’s funeral after the 2015 Charleston massacre; “Justice grows out of our recognition of each other”.


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Dred Scott Day of Reconciliation

Descendants of those involved in Dred Scott case gather for daylong event.

by Eileen P. Duggan

The Dred Scott slavery legal case resulted in much division and drama — including the Civil War — but a local foundation has been working for a decade to heal the animosities between the people affected by this and other historical divisions.The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation held its first Reconciliation Conference Dec. 3 at the Frontenac Hilton, bringing together descendants of Dred and Harriet Scott, their former owners, the Supreme Court Justice involved in the case and even descendants of President Thomas Jefferson and Jefferson Davis.

“For more than a decade we have had the concept to meet and find common ground with other descendants of history makers, especially those surrounding the Dred Scott Decision,” said Lynne Jackson, who founded the organization in 2007 with her husband, Brian. “We are grateful that descendants of some of the history makers and many others have come together as the Dred Scott Sons and Daughters of Reconciliation.”

Review of Dred Scott Reconciliation Conference of December 3, 2016

By Dana Riek, Guest Reviewer

On March 6, 1857, the decision that Judge Taney made on the Dred Scott Case dehumanized the black community and brought even more division and segregation than before! We are approaching 160 years since this horrible incident took place. It is evident that we need more healing from wounds of racial divide in St. Louis and throughout the US! What would happen if more believers in Jesus would come together in unity to break down strongholds of racism and take action? It starts in the Church!  What would happen if we truly took it to heart? What would happen if descendants of those who were involved in the Dred Scott Case reconciled and came together? It was an honor to be a part of such a beautiful event where that took place! The 10th Anniversary Celebration for the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation was powerful! Not only was there such historical significance, but spiritual significance in what took place at the Frontenac Hilton Hotel that day!  
      
Lynne Jackson, great-great granddaughter of Dred Scott is the founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation and she worked hard with others to organize this event and it paid off. She understands the importance of forgiveness, reconciliation, and unity! As her great-great grandfather was an advocate for justice and equal rights, Lynne is carrying on his legacy in a way that brings healing. God made a way to bring descendants together of historical figures who were connected to the Dred Scott Case! Jackson’s cousins, Dred Madison and Barbara McGregory joined her along with John and Ashton LeBourgeois, descendants of the Blow family; Charlie Taney, great-great-nephew of Judge Taney; Bertram Hayes Davis, a descendant of Confederacy President Jefferson Davis; and Shannon Lanier, sixth-great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings!
        
Charlie Taney is an example of one who took action by apologizing on Justice Roger Taney’s behalf for what has been done because of the Dred Scott decision! Charlie’s family contacted Lynne Jackson not knowing that she was trying to find Taney descendants to connect with for years. After meeting in New York this past April, Charlie has become active with the Foundation as an act of reconciliation in several ways to make a difference! Ashton and John LeBourgeois shared how Peter Blow owned Dred Scott and treated him with dignity. Peter Blow’s sons helped Dred pursue the long legal battles and sometimes helped pay or secure legal fees. Later, after losing the US Supreme Court Decision, they also “purchased” Dred & his family with the sole purpose to let them go and set them free! Bertram Hayes-Davis brought awareness to the fact that though Jefferson Davis was a slave owner, he was one who treated them well and set up a way for them to get an education! He did not agree with the way black people were being treated!  Bertram expressed how his great-great grandfather stood up for slaves in different ways, but could have done more!  Shannon Lanier shared about his heritage (Jefferson’s intent for the Declaration of Independence) and his intention to be a positive influence in our society! He is co-author of the Random House book “Jefferson’s Children: The Story of One American Family.” Lanier, along with photo-journalist Jane Feldman, wrote the book to reveal mysteries behind the controversial Jefferson lineage through Sallie Heming (his slave) and to give members of this family a chance to be heard! He is also a successful entrepreneur, an actor & producer!
             
Brenda Young is on the Board for the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation and gave such a beautiful message on the difference the kingdom of God is to make during racial tensions! We are to bring hope and are not to hold onto bitterness on either side!
        
We all need to work together to love one another through Christ in word and in deed! Pastor Jonathan Thomas is gifted with expressing truth and a passion for justice! He shared his heart and gave a spoken word for the body of Christ to rise up and make a difference in our nation! We must overcome division and the spirit of hate! Pastor Sylvester Turner also gave a strong and powerful message to rise up above the tensions and strive for unity through Christ!  We are to be open to dialogue and help bring healing to wounds that have been exposed throughout history! To top it all off, Cheryl Dozier, Executive Director of Missouri Legislative Black Caucus, presented a well-deserved award to Lynne Jackson for The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation on behalf of the Missouri House of Representatives! It was beautiful! She drove quite a distance to attend & present the award! This was a memorable day on many different levels and is definitely recorded in Heaven!