The Dred Scott Statue Penny Drive

March 2014 thru March 2016

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 2015.

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.

Dred Scott Statue Penny Drive Goal Monitor

We would like to thank all those who have contributed to the Dred Scott Statue Penny Drive in Phase I and Phase II and we are looking forward to what we can do in Phase III.

March 8, 2010 our sponsor BMO Harris (formerly M&I Bank), kicked off the Dred Scott Statue Penny Drive. They conducted a month long competition between their seventeen (17) branches. 

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. 

If you need to convert coins you can take your donation to one of the following three BMO Harris locations and email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your school/organization name and donation amount.


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

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