Dred Scott Memorial - Florence Walk of Honor


This is a plaque in the Florence Walk of Honor that honors Dred Scott.

Florence, Alabama
City of Florence, Alabama
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Dred Scott, slaves fighting for rights
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Dred  Scott was a slave who fled slavery to the North, where slavery was illegal; he then attempted to sue for his freedom when forced to return to slavery. This led to the famous Dred Scott decision in which the Supreme Court stated that he was not free, despite precedent set by Missouri's "once free, always free" doctrine. Ultimately, the case was a microcosm for the start of the civil war.


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The plaque reads "Dred Scott, a slave who served as the hostler in Peter Blow's Florence Hotel, waged a 14-year legal fight for freedom that resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court's Dred Scott Decision of 1857, a pivotal event in American history."


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