Friday, March 30, 2007
One of the most important cases ever tried in the United States was heard in St. Louis' Old Courthouse. Dred Scott and his wife Harriet filed suit against Irene Emerson for their freedom on April 6, 1846. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court which decided the case in 1857, hastening the start of the Civil War. Two thousand seven marks the 150th anniversary of the Supreme Court Decision and Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is commemorating that anniversary with special events and an exhibit.
Did you know the Dred Scott decision was rendered at a courthouse in St. Louis? The courthouse is within short walking distance of the Arch. Would you like the History Club to visit St. Louis next year and visit this historic courthouse?