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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

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

Dred Scott Reconciliation Conference 2019

CIVIL RIGHTS DESCENDANTS DISCUSS
LANDMARK CASES

DRED SCOTT V SANDFORD
PLESSY V FERGUSON
BROWN V BOARD OF EDUCATION

OCTOBER 12, 2019
THE MAHLER BALLROOM 
8:30 A.M.—1:30 P.M.

COST $75.00  
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH INCLUDED

SECURED PARKING ADJACENT TO BUILDING

APPROVED FOR 4 CLEs

For more information click here
To register click here

Hosted by The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation

A SIGNATURE PROGRAM OF
DRED SCOTT PRESENTS: SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF RECONCILIATION

st. louis county courts podcast

St. Louis County Courthouse, Clayton, Missouri

In July, 2018, Dred Scott Presents: Sons and Daughters of Reconciliation presented for the National Judicial College.   It is the nation’s most influential institute for the continuing education of judges.  It was a wonderful experience inspired by Judge Judy Draper and by invitation of  NJC President Benes Z. Aldana.

The following interview comes out of the connections with this program and the county court’s diversity programs held in St. Louis County in 2018.  Mr. Matt Livasy, HR Specialist III and Training and Development Officer, started a podcast for the courts, All In Kids Win.  He invited Lynne Jackson to share the work of the Foundation. Many thanks to Matt and the county courts for this opportunity.  Click the link below to listen to the podcast.

Virginians for reconciliation

On April 3, 2019, the Virginians for Reconciliation hosted the descendants of Dred Scott and Roger B. Taney for a day-long visit and programs as an early event in their year long recognition of the 400th year anniversary (1619 -2019) of the first Africans who arrived in Virginia in 1619. 

The reconciliation committee, lead by former Governor Bob McDonnell, was formed in 2018 to support racial healing through conversation and policy changes.

The day included a visit to the Capital Building and the State House, where Lynne Jackson (Dred Scott) and Charlie Taney (Chief Justice Roger B. Taney) visited and addressed many of the legislative groups.  They were recognized in the General Assembly along with former Governor Bob McDonnell by Presiding Officer of the Senate Justin Fairfax, Delegate Delores McQuinn, Speaker Kirk Cox and introduced and bios read by Delegate Roslyn C. Tyler.

Pastor Sylvester Turner and Rev. Ben Campbell took the entourage to the Richmond Slave Trail.  At this site, the enslaved disembarked from the long voyage from Africa and began another most difficult journey.

A somber visit to Lumpkin’s Jail revealed an underground holding facility for enslaved persons that was confirmed by archaeologists in 2005.  It was covered over and will soon become a part of a museum.  While in office, former Gov. McDonnell appropriated $11,000,000 for the of the construction of the site renovation.

Amid several interviews with CBN, NPR, a Virginia Union University student reporter, Jackson and Taney were assisted by Attorney Paul Hedges, acting ED for VFR, Lynne Ross, Legal Consultant and past ED for NAAG, Rhian Senseman, Executive Assistant, VFR and Keith Westbrook, Administrative Assistant to Delegate McQuinn. The group made their way to Virginia Union University where Lynne and Charlie spoke and shared their story of meeting, connecting, apology and forgiveness and interacted with the audience. Thank you to all who made this possible. A special thanks to former Governor Bob McDonnell and co-sponsors Virginians For Reconciliation., Virginia Union University and Virginia Commonwealth University. To watch the full program, click here.

Additional Resources:

Descendants of Dred Scott, Roger Taney attend reconciliation event at VUU (Richmond-Times Dispatch)

Lumpkin’s Jail Timeline

Descendants of racist Supreme Court decision pledge ‘truth-telling, forgiveness and redemption’ (Capital News Service)

Main Image: Lynne Jackson (left), a great-great-granddaughter of Dred Scott’s, and Charles Taney, a descendant of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney’s, spoke Wednesday at VUU. Photo taken by JAMES H. WALLACE/TIMES-DISPATCH

washington university hosts 400 Event: Black Struggle, Resiliency and Hope for the Future

Dred and Harriet Scott were represented at the Washington University program Black Struggle, Resiliency and Hope for the Future on Feb 10, 2019 in Graham Chapel.  It is the first of three programs throughout the year in commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first slave ship to port in Virginia in August of 1619. The programs are convened by Wash U Associate Professor Jack A. Kirkland. Among the speakers was the new chancellor, Andrew Martin, Ph. D as of June 1, 2019.  Others included Adrienne D. Davis, JD and Law School Vice Provost; The Honorable Wesley Bell, St. Louis County Prosecutor, and Lynne M. Jackson, Dred Scott descendant. The rest of the trilogy will be on June 2, and November 10, 2019. The public is invited.

Link to article from St. Louis Post-Dispatch