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MUSIC LEGENDS FROM THE VILLE HONORED AT HISTORY MUSEUM

With the support of the Steinway Music Gallery in Maryland Heights

HONORING MUSIC LEGENDS
ALLEDA WARD WELLS AND KENNETH BROWN BILLUPS
FEATURING FORMER STUDENTS AND THE LEGEND SINGERS SUMNER HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH

HAPPY HOUR FROM 5 PM TO 6:30 PM IN THE GRAND HALL MUSIC CELEBRATION FROM 6:30 PM – 8 PM IN THE AUDITORIUM

Mrs. Wells taught hundreds of young people how to play classical music in her home on Goode Ave in the Ville neighborhood in St. Louis from approximately 1945-1995, over 50 years. 

She had outstanding talent and was trained by the best!

Her mother, Mrs.Ward, saw to it that she had the best and therefore she GAVE the best.

On December 1, 2022, she was honored by her former students at the Missouri History Museum along with another Ville legend, Mr. Kenneth Brown Billups. Between the two of them, there was no lack of musical excellence in the African American neighborhood, the VILLE.

Mrs. Wells was well known for her bi-annual 8 Piano Festivals where as many as 16 people were playing such beautiful renditions of Ferrante and Tiecher’s Tonight and Exodus among many other beautiful melodies. Sleigh Ride was a favorite and must have composers such as a Bach two-part invention, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Mozart were annual requirements for students in the National Piano Guild Competition.

I (Lynne) do not neglect to put my time with her on my professional resumes.  Asked once if I really needed it, I said emphatically,”Yes!”  Never would I diminish the importance of the privilege to have been one of her students or would she be diminished by being omitted.  The Alleda Ward Wells Studio was the Juilliard in the Ville!!!!

She was a woman of faith, beauty, confidence, excellence and love.  We all loved her.  She gave her best and we gave ours back to her!

Dred Scott Reconciliation Conference 2022

Matt Lockett and Will Ford III

Join us for a storytelling time of how Sons and Daughters of enslaved and slavers have met in this day and age around unexpected and unplanned circumstances to be the people of this generation to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of their ancestors. Lunch will be provided.

Saturday, October 29, 2022
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

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We look forward to seeing you at
The Dred Scott Reconciliation Conference 2022.

First Baptist Church of Ferguson
333 N Florissant
Ferguson, MO 63135

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LIFE, TIMES, AND FREEDOM SUITS OF DRED AND HARRIET SCOTT

The Law Library Association of St. Louis is holding a webinar with panelists Judge Stanley Wallach, Former Chief Justice Michael Wolff, Lynne M. Jackson and Judge Heather Cunningham as moderator. 

Lawyers can earn CLEs and this program will be open to the public virtually. 

Conversations with Kenyatta

This week on Conversations with Kenyatta, Kenyatta D. Berry,  author of The Family Tree Toolkit, and host of PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow is joined by Lynne Jackson, President, and Founder of The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation, and descendant of Dred Scott.

This exhibit will be open on the following dates:

Saturday, Sept. 1012:00 Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Monday,  Sept. 121:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 14 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 18 12:00 Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 2211:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 281:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 304:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Request for special times can be made for groups of 10 or more.

FACES OF DRED SCOTT EXHIBIT

AN ORIGINAL ART EXHIBIT DISPLAYING THE MANY FACES AND DEPICTIONS OF MR. SCOTT

A fun, thoughtful, historical, original and surprising collection of the many depictions of Dred Scott as owned, researched, gifted to and created for descendant Lynne M. Jackson. Sharing not only the old and new but the treasured and personal family piece of the original charcoal drawing of Dred and Harriet and the story behind it.

(The original will be shown only on the 10th)

This exhibit includes a gifted stained glass piece by a master artist, and three (3) specially requested pieces from some very special artists, two of whom will be present. The third will not be present but you will feel their presence. 

We are exhilarated to present this unique collection of 30 pieces.

The Exhibit Opens On
Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 12 noon – 4:00 p.m. 
Location: Dred Scott Office Center at Chesterfield Mall 
at Highway 40 and Clarkson

(Enter main doors next to the Cheesecake Factory, walk straight ahead to exhibit.) Free to the public – Donations accepted and appreciated.

See www.dredscottlives.org for scheduled dates and times on September 6. Request for special times can be made for groups of 10 or more

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.

Daughters of Union Veterans Programs and Membership

On May 5, 2021, the Daughters of Union Veterans (DUV) held their national conference in St. Louis, MO.  Lynne Jackson was the luncheon speaker. To her surprise, she was given an honorary membership to the DUV nominated by Joan Koechig and given by Dr. Sandra K. Millin, National President.  The event was held at the Hilton Frontenac.  From that she was invited by Carol Comp, President Oklahoma Department to the Oklahoma Department DUVCW Convention. On May 21, 2022 she will be the guest speaker in Oklahoma City with Tent President, Lauri Womack.. The DUV have chapters around the country and welcome membership to any whose ancestors are vetted to have fought in the Union for the Civil War.  Many women who are DUV are also DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) from whom Ms. Jackson has received 3 awards for sharing the history and having now a long standing relationship with these organizations going back to the first meeting in Chesterfield, MO in 2007. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS TO GIVE STL DAY 2022

What a great day it was!  Many of you gave and we received $2,984 through the portal plus $1,026 for a total of $4,110 in the 2022 campaign.  We are thankful for all your support.  Year two and counting! We thank the St. Louis Foundation for their extremely generous platform provided for area non-profits and plan to take full advantage of their most wonderful resources next year.  We congratulate all participants and thank the St. Louis area for being so giving and supportive of the many missions in our community.  Thank you so much~
ON TO 2023!!!

DRED SCOTT HERITAGE FOUNDATION RECEIVES MELLON FOUNDATION GRANT

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT INFORMATION
DRED SCOTT HERITAGE FOUNDATION
LYNNE M. JACKSON, PRESIDENT
314-532-5613
May 9, 2022

The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation has been notified and is proud to announce a grant of $65,000 has been designated to the foundation for the construction of The Dred Scott Memorial Monument at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, MO from the Mellon Foundation Monuments Project.

$250 million was committed by the Mellon Foundation to transform the nation’s commemorative landscape by supporting public projects that more completely and accurately represent the multiplicity and complexity of American stories. We are most grateful to the Mellon Foundation for their vision to foresee how their support can impact organizations like ours and help create new and lasting legacies to the histories of our country, some which had not been understood until these times.

The Dred Scott Memorial Monument will be constructed on the current grave site of Mr. Scott at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis. Plans are for a 9-foot-tall black granite monument facing the cemetery road. The monument will include column ornamentation with space for etching, design, the image of Dred Scott and a detailed history. A patio area with benches will be included where people can sit and meditate to understand how important Dred Scott was to the history of the United States of America.

For 90 years, at Calvary and 9 years prior at Wesleyan Cemetery, he laid in an unmarked grave.

When built, the Dred Scott Memorial Monument will continue to recognize Dred Scott’s place in history and to inform future generations of what enslaved African Americans endured in their fight for freedom and justice.

Dred Scott’s grave is among the top three most requested sites at the cemetery by visitors from all walks of life. The new memorial will be a fitting destination for those seeking this history, a place of pilgrimage and for lovers of American history. It will fulfill each of the foundation’s goals of Commemoration, Education and Reconciliation.