Saturday, March 04, 2006

Great Scott!

The resting place of Harriet Scott has been found in North St. Louis County, Missouri.


In 1846, Harriet and husband Dred sued Mrs. Irene Emerson for their freedom in St. Louis Circuit Court. This led to the infamous Dred Scott decision of 1857, in which the Supreme Court concluded the country had been without a Civil War for long enough.

Dred's burial place has long been known, but Harriet's location four miles away was a mystery until discovered last week by a group of researchers. A mystery to them, at least.

Unbeknownst to them, another small group of researchers had discovered her grave three years earlier. They never told anyone, not even descendants of the Scotts, some of whom still live in the St. Louis area. [Link]
When asked why the discovery hadn't been publicized, a member of the original group said, "I don't know. Our goal wasn't to highlight any one person, but the entire cemetery."

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