Dred Scott

Holiday decorations in the parlor of the Field House include an 1870s Christmas tree made of goose feathers. December 2016.
Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

The Eugene Field House reopens Thursday with a 4,000-square-foot addition for museum exhibits that supporters hope will spark renewed interest in the historic site that’s just a baseball’s throw from Busch Stadium. The house, at 634 South Broadway, was built in 1845 and saved from demolition in the 1930s because it had been the childhood home of poet and newspaper columnist Eugene Field, famous for classics such as “Wynken, Blynken and Nod,’’ and “The Duel,'' better known these days as "The...

Dred Scott's grave is one of the most frequently visited graves at Calvary Cemetery. This photos was taken in November 2016.
Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

Why aren’t Dred Scott and his wife buried in the same cemetery? Pamela Richardson posed that question to Curious Louis recently after a visit to Calvary Cemetery in north St. Louis, where Dred Scott is buried. “I wondered, ‘Is she not buried with him — and why not?’ I had been to Calvary many times. I had seen his place of rest, but her name was not on the tombstone,’’ said Richardson, who has family members buried at the cemetery.

A rendering of Preston Jackson's winning design for the Freedom Suits Memorial
Preston Jackson | Provided

Updated to reflect the project's funding plan - The Civil Courts building downtown is getting a new sculpture to honor more than 300 slaves and lawyers who sued for freedom in the early 1800s. A steering committee of lawyers, artists, court officials, professors and city officials on Monday announced they had chosen sculptor Preston Jackson to create the Freedom Suits Memorial, which will be installed in the east plaza of the Civil Courts building.

Rep. Lacy Clay
St. Louis Public Radio

The City of St. Louis would be the first stop on a proposed national trail to mark historic sites in the struggle for African American civil rights, if Congressman Lacy Clay, D-University City, is successful in his efforts to preserve “precious historic waypoints along the routes of that largely untold story.” Clay, along with Missouri Congressman Jason Smith, R-Salem, have co-authored the African American Civil Rights Trails Act, to authorize the National Park Service to establish a program ...

Erin Williams

As the great-great granddaughter of Dred Scott, the slave whose decision to sue for his freedom led to the Supreme Court decision that African Americans weren’t protected under the constitution, Lynne M. Jackso n is well-aware of her relative’s place in history – and doesn’t want anyone to forget why their family’s story is important. The landmark case of Dred Scott vs. Sanford opened the doors to the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and the 13 th , 14 th , and 15 th amendments, which...

Lum's “The Space Between Scott and Plessy”
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The French connection between St. Louis and New Orleans is evident in street names and Mardi Gras celebrations. But the physical tie between the two cities is the Mighty Mississippi. Laumeier Sculpture Park explores the shared waterway in “The River Between Us,” an indoor and outdoor exhibit opening this Saturday. At a time when the Mississippi River is in the news for efforts to bolster commerce, ecology and transport , and for its power to devastate a community like Pinhook, Mo. , Laumeier is examining the the river’s role in U.S. history and how it connects the two cities and their residents.

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Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians today, in a ceremony that was kept under wraps until less than an hour before it happened. Word of the ceremony leaked out after various media members spotted Limbaugh inside the Missouri Capitol. The ceremony was by invitation only, and the audience consisted of Republican lawmakers and family and friends. Limbaugh told the audience that other members of his family were more deserving of the honor, but he also thanked House Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) for not rescinding it.

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Former slave Dred Scott has been inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians . In1846 he filed a lawsuit in St. Louis seeking his freedom, after his master had moved him to Illinois, a free state. Following an 11-year legal battle, the U.S. Supreme Court in 1857 ruled against him, stating that black people were not U.S. citizens and did not have the right to sue. The decision added to tensions that eventually led to the U.S. Civil War. Lane Jackson is Scotts great-great-great granddaughter....

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Rumors swept the Missouri Capitol that the bust of conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was being delivered today, along with the bust of former slave Dred Scott. House Speaker Steven Tilley recently announced that both would be inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians this year. The sculptor, E. Spencer Schubert, made a post to his website today indicating he was transporting both busts to the Capitol but the post was later altered to remove the reference to Limbaugh. It was...