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Dred Scott Festival of Freedom
Painting of Dred Scott

On March 6, 1857, the Supreme Court denied Dred Scott his freedom on the basis that he wasn’t considered a person according to the U.S. Constitution. We will commemorate Scott’s sacrifice and commitment to justice with the Festival of Freedom, featuring ongoing activities such as live art, music, coloring pages for kids, and more, as well as these special presentations:



11:00am: A Man of His Time
, by Kate Taney Billingsley, is a short theatrical performance exploring what might happen if the descendants of Dred Scott and Judge Taney had a conversation.

1:00pm: Scott descendant Lynne Jackson presents Dred Scott: The History You Never Knew.

2:30pm: Panel discussion

Presented in collaboration with the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation and with support from Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.

When: Saturday, August 12 | 11am–5pm
Where: Throughout the Museum
How Much:Free
Exhibit(s): #1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis
Brochure: dred scott anniversary.pdf
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