ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – An unveiling ceremony for the new Dred Scott statue is just over a month away.
But those behind the effort to immortalize Dred and Harriet Scott for their contributions to U.S. history are hoping a last-minute push will help them raise the $140,000 they need to meet their fundraising goal.
“The memory of Dred Scott and the important shift he helped to bring about in American society is a story that deserves to be recognized and remembered for all future generations,” said Lynne Jackson, president of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation and the great-great granddaughter of Dred Scott. “We are appealing to individuals, corporations and foundations to help us get over the finish line prior to the June 8th unveiling on the grounds of the Old Courthouse in St. Louis.”
It was there in 1846 that the Scotts petitioned for freedom from slavery, setting into motion the presidential candidacy of Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Civil War and three amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Renowned sculptor Harry Weber is shaping the bronze likeness of Dred and Harriet Scott that will be unveiled during a ceremony on Friday June 8th, 2012 at 3 pm at the Old Courthouse downtown.
Tax-deductible donations may be made via Paypal through the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation at www.thedredscottfoundation.org, or contributions may be made out to the Dred Scott Statue Fund and mailed to:
The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation P.O. Box 2009 Florissant, MO 63032-2009