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Dred Scott honored at Missouri Capitol ceremony

Dred Scott honored at Missouri Capitol ceremony

May 10th, 2012 by Wes Duplantier, the Associated Press in News

Descendants of Dred Scott were on hand Wednesday in the House of Representatives in the Missouri Capitol for the unveiling of a bust of Scott that will go into the Hall of Famous Missourians. From left, Sarah Madison and daughter, Alyssa, 5, Dred Scott Madison and Lynne Jackson. Jackson is a great-great-grandchild of Scott, as is Dred Scott Madison. Alyssa's dad is great-great-great-grandson, but was unable to make the ceremony.

Dred Scott, the former slave who sued for his freedom in a St. Louis court and helped galvanize anti-slavery efforts around the nation in the 19th century, was inducted Wednesday into the Hall of Famous Missourians.

A bust of Scott, who died a year after the landmark Supreme Court decision that bears his name, now will be part of a display in the state Capitol's third-floor rotunda.