Lynne M. Jackson Remarks
March 6, 2007 marks the 150th anniversary of the Dred Scott decision. The
original lawsuit was
filed here in St. Louis and much of the city is commemorating the occasion.
The great-great granddaughter of Dred and Harriet Scott is spearheading
the local effort.
The Scott’s filed suit at the old courthouse in downtown St. Louis
to obtain their freedom from
slavery. A new novel entitled Speak Right On by Mary Neighbour
tells the story of the Scott’s
ordeal. Ms. Jackson has been asked to comment on the Scott case
and the book before the
Library of Congress on March 6. She delivers her remarks via a
short video produced by the
Missouri Historical Society.
Speak Right On: Dred Scott A Novel
By Mary E Neighbour
“Speak Right On, a fictional slave narrative, traces
Scott’s journey from orphaned, destitute, illiterate slave
to a man defining his own truth, sharing his story with all who will
listen. Dred Scott’s strength of character, artful storytelling,
and keen insights protect his family and result in ultimate victory.”
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