A Landmark Decision
The Dred Scott Decision in 1857 was a major catalyst that brought on the Civil War, motivated Abraham Lincoln to run for President, and resulted in the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. In little more than a decade after that decision, our nation abolished slavery, granted equal citizenship to all, and guaranteed the right to vote regardless of color.
Why a Penny Drive?
Visitors to Dred Scott’s gravesite (Calvary Cemetery – St. Louis) often leave pennies on the headstone. Many believe the penny is left as a tribute to Lincoln, an icon for the abolition of slavery.
In 2010, the Dred Scott Statue Penny Drive was launched to help fund a life-size statue of Dred and Harriet Scott. The statue will be erected near the Old Courthouse – site of the first Dred Scott freedom trials. With your help, the statue will be dedicated as a symbol of victory for freedom fighters...past, present and future.
Start Your Own Penny Drive
To get involved and to learn how to run your own penny drive click the appropriate link below.
Challenge your school, group or church to participate in the Dred Scott Statue Penny Drive through March 2014.
Watch a video of students from Ladue and Clayton High Schools
Thanks to Rob Good, Don Goble, and the students at Ladue for this wonderful video
If you are having trouble viewing the video please click here
Check out the recent news clippings of others participating in the Dred Scott Statue Penny Drive
To see those schools, organizations, and individuals that have or are participating click here.
You can make your individual penny drive donation here
Send your donation to The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation, P.O. Box 2009, Florissant MO 63032-2009.
Donor slips are available at all teller windows. You will need to call ahead and schedule your visit if you want your pennies counted and a receipt at that time. The tellers will be happy to accommodate you. Otherwise you will receive an acknowledgement from the foundation, unless you do not require one.
The three locations that count and accept pennies are:
2301 S. Kingshighway@Southwest/314.776.5200
5256 S. Lindbergh@Concord Village/314.842.2265
13205 Manchester, 1 mile west of I-270/314.543.3300
Find the location nearest you at: www.bmoharris.com.