Dred Scott Statue Campaign


Dred & Harriet Scott Statue

by Artist Harry Weber

Unveiled June 8, 2012

Since the 150th Anniversary Commemoration of the Dred Scott Decision in 2007, it has been a primary goal to erect a statue of these two St. Louis legends.  The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation, Friends of Dred Scott, Young Friends of Dred Scott and the community at large have partnered, and together, we have made this vision a reality.  October 21, 2010 marked the official kick-off of the Dred Scott Statue Campaign with the unveiling of a two foot bronzed maquette of both Dred and Harriet Scott at the Missouri History Museum.   On June 8, 2012, the life sized statue was dedicated on site at the Old Courthouse where Dred and Harriet began their quest for freedom.

Many, many heartfelt thanks to those organizations and individuals who have already helped make this vision a reality.

You can read about the dedication here.

Artist Mr. Harry Weber

Harry Weber was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1942 and educated at Princeton University where he studied art history.

Following his education, Weber served six years in the United States Navy. This included a year on river patrol boats in Vietnam where he compiled a compelling series of drawings chronicling his experiences there.

As a sculptor, Weber has produced a body of work that includes over 100 large and more than 250 smaller pieces. His work embodies human emotion and power with a spontaneity developed from a lifelong habit of sketching from life. He creates sculptures which capture an instant, never static or posed, with a distinct style making maximum use of the natural fluidity of the bronze medium.

Weber sculptures have won major awards at national juried competitions, ?and are in private collections in the United States and abroad.  His work has appeared on the covers of several national magazines. 
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Did you know?

* There was no statue of Dred or Harriet Scott in the world until 8 June, 2012.  This is the first and only one which was commissioned and erected in St. Louis, MO

* That Dred and Harriet both filed separate petitions for their freedom but they were later combined into one

* The Dred Scott Decision inspired Abraham Lincoln to run for president

* The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments were a result of the Dred Scott Decision and the Civil War

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    ~Matching Grant Challenge Update~


To all who supported the Matching Grant Challenge.  With your help, we have reduced the balance from $70,000 to $22,000. 

One of our special donors was a precious 5 year old who sold eggs from her chicken and donated 5 dollars!  Another faithful supporter donated quite generously, not once, but twice!! 

If you meant to give and forgot or just were not able, we appreciate your intention.  It's not to late, whatever contributions you make are always appreciated.  We are blessed and thankful for the amazing support to bring this $250,000 cost for Harriet and Dred Scott's memorial almost to fulfillment.  In these challenging days, this is good news.

Make contributions to:
The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation
P.O. Box 2009
St. Louis, MO 63032-2009
All contributions are acknowledged.

Be a participant in the

Dred Scott Statue Penny Drive 2014!

The penny drive has raised over $13,000.  This year's efforts will be doubled.  New and previous participants are welcome.  See promotional video and details on the Dred Scott Statue Penny Drive page.

Also the matching grant will double your

penny drive results

You can get your school, religious organization, social organization, business and family involved in our   

Dred Scott Statue Penny Drive

Click here for more information on how to get started.

Thank you for your donations and support!