On Saturday March 6, 2010 we commemorated the 153rd anniversary of the Dred Scott Decision at the historic Old Courthouse,
Dred Scott Way (11 N. 4th Street) in St. Louis.

12:00 p.m. Concert:  The Normandy High School Jazz Band performed from 12-1 under the direction of Thomas Moore performing a collage of African american music from slavery to today.

1:00 p.m.  Lynne Jackson, great-great granddaughter of Dred and Harriet Scott and Ruth Ann Hager, author of Dred and Harriet Scott: Their Family Story, discussed new discoveries and facts about the family history.

2:00 p.m.  Lynne and Ruth Ann were scheduled to be joined by Dr. John A. Wright, retired school administrator, author of 11 books on St. Louis History, and Honorary Consul of Senegal, Dr. David Konig, Professor of Law, History and African American Studies at Washington University and Ken Winn, former Missouri State Archivist, Supreme Court Librarian and Visiting Professor at Washington University for an audience participation discussion. 

Dred and Harriet Scott: Their Family Story is on sale at the Old Courthouse Book Store for $25.00.  A book signing by the author and descendant followed the presentation.

Enjoy the special film, "Slavery on Trial: The Dred Scott Decision" in the Old Courthouse Theater for free (every 30 minutes)

See "A Legacy of Courage:  The Dred Scott Decision" in the left front exhibit hall, representing the personal story and the story of the litigation of this famous trial.

Sponsored by the Jefferson National Parks Association.  All programs were FREE of charge and open to the public.

Related article from Missiour History Museum:  Dred and Harriet Scott: Their Family Story