Jackson, the great-great-great granddaughter of Dred Scott, has raised funds and announced plans for a new monument to honor him at his burial site in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis. The monument will feature a taller structure and a portrait of Scott, and a dedication ceremony is set for September 30, 2023.
The project was made possible through a successful GoFundMe campaign that raised over $25,000. Scott, known for his famous petition for freedom that went to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1857, has a simple headstone at his grave site, which is often difficult to find.
The new monument will make it easier for visitors to pay their respects and learn about Scott’s impact on the nation. This is the latest project from the Dred Scott Foundation, which previously brought a statue of Scott and his wife to downtown St. Louis in 2012.