Dred Scott statue to be unveiled in St. Louis

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The first statue of Dred Scott will be unveiled today in St. Louis, Missouri in front of the historic Old Courthouse.  Scott was the prominent figure in a key Supreme Court decision that would later lead to the Civil War. The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation has raised money for the statue and will give in the American people through the National Parks Services. PR Newswire reports:

A life-sized statue of Dred and Harriet Scott will be unveiled Friday (June 8, 2012) at 3 p.m. CDT in front of the historic Old Courthouse here. The unveiling of the life-sized statue on June 8th will be the first full statue ever dedicated to Dred Scott and his wife Harriet. As the great-great granddaughter of Dred Scott, Mrs. Lynne M. Jackson founded the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation in 2006, and she will participate in the unveiling of the statue as it is gifted to the American people through the National Parks Service. To date, the foundation has raised over $150,000 towards the statue’s $250,000 dollar price tag.

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