​September 17, 1858: Dred Scott Died 17 Months After He Was Emancipated 

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At 59, Scott died from tuberculosis. He was survived by his wife and his two daughters.

Scott was originally interred in Wesleyan Cemetery in St. Louis. When this cemetery was closed 9 years later, Taylor Blow transferred Scott’s coffin to an unmarked plot in the nearby Catholic Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, which permitted burial of non-Catholic slaves by Catholic owners. A local tradition later developed of placing Lincoln pennies on top of Scott’s gravestone for good luck.

Harriet Scott was long thought to be buried near her husband, but in 2006 it was proven that she was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Hillsdale, Missouri. She outlived her husband by 18 years, dying on June 17, 1876.

Dred Scott was a former slave who unsuccessfully sued for his freedom and that of his wife and their two daughters in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case of 1857, popularly known as “the Dred Scott Decision.” The case was based on the fact that although he and his wife Harriet Scott were slaves, they had lived with his master Dr. John Emerson in states and territories where slavery was illegal according to both state laws and the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, including Illinois and Minnesota (which was then part of the Wisconsin Territory). 

Read more about Dred Scott’s case and legacy at: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=636645903173159&substory_index=0&id=101575520013536

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