MEDIA ALERT: Historic Fort Snelling Commemorates the Legacy of Dred and Harriet Scott

For immediate release

Release dated: 
November 30, 2016
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

MEDIA ALERT: Historic Fort Snelling Commemorates the Legacy of Dred and Harriet Scott

On Sunday, December 4, Historic Fort Snelling offers a free program honoring Dred and Harriet Scott. While the Scotts spent only a few years in Minnesota, their lawsuit for freedom from slavery—in which their time at Fort Snelling played a key role—had a lasting impact on national history.

 This 1-3 p.m. program will explore the Scotts’ legacy and slavery’s critical and ongoing impact on the United States through a panel discussion, music, performances and more. Lynne Jackson, a descendant of the Scotts and founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation, and Sharon Harper, a descendant of Robert Hickman—who led fellow enslaved people to freedom in Minnesota in 1863—are among the speakers.

 For more information and the full program schedule, visit the MNHS calendar.