ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – A statue of Dred and a Harriet Scott was unveiled outside the old courthouse in downtown St. Louis on Friday.
Dred and Harriet Scott sued for their freedom, but they were declared property in a court ruling. The Dred Scott case led to massive reforms and was a precursor to the Civil War.
Officials said it’s the first statue of the couple anywhere in the world. The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation raised the money for the statue, which was created by Harry Weber.
Weber also sculpted the Cardinal players outside Busch Stadium and Lewis and Clark on the Riverfront.
“It kind of visualizes these people, instead of this abstract idea of someone who sued for their freedom. Idea of what they were like 150 years ago,” said Bob Moore, a historian with the National Parks Society.