ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A monument is planned in downtown St. Louis to pay tribute to some 400 slaves who filed lawsuits for their freedom, from the early 1800s leading up to the famous Dred Scott Supreme Court case, which originated in Missouri.
Supporters are hoping to raise $1 million for the Freedom Suits Memorial, which would be unveiled in July of 2021 on the east lawn of the Civil Courts Building.
“This is a very important project, which fits my life’s work, telling the visual history of our country in a compelling and effective manner that is appropriate for all.” Jackson says. “I feel it is imperative that the descendants of slaves see themselves as strong people, as survivors, and this sculpture will certainly send that important message.”
Fundraising from private sources is now underway and donations can be made to the St. Louis Bar Foundation, here.