Museum Exhibits and Events

Dred Scott Festival of Freedom

When: Sat., Aug. 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 2017

Dred and Harriet Scott were not the only enslaved people to file "freedom suits," but their case did more to publicize the inhuman practice of slavery. That's thanks to both their dogged attorneys (among them Roswell M. Field, father of Eugene) and the cruelty of the Supreme Court's ruling that Dred wasn't a person according to the U.S. Constitution. Dred and Harriet's long struggle to be legally recognized as human beings continues to inspire Americans to fight injustice. The Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; www.mohistory.org) celebrates that fight with the Dred Scott Festival of Freedom today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day includes panel discussions, a short theatrical presentation from Kate Taney Billingsley and a presentation from Scott descendant Lynne Jackson about the unknown history of her famous ancestor. Admission is free.

Paul Friswold

Price: free admission