Tuesday, February 13, 2007
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Some Dred Scott trivia

Dred Scott has ties to Huntsville:

[Oakwood College was] [f]ounded in 1896 as the nations only black Seventh-Day Adventist College[. It] was named Oakwood because of its 65 oak trees. A slave named Sam Blow - who captured the attention of the nation as Dred Scott, the name of a deceased brother he took later in life, was enslaved on the Peter Blow plantation in 1818 for 12 years, the property is now occupied by Oakwood College. In 1830, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri with his owner Dr. John Emerson. Scott lived for a total of seven years in areas closed to slavery. Scott's decade long quest for freedom began on April 6, 1846, and it shook the nation's legal system until he was declared a free man in 1857. Also on the Oakwood campus a plot of ground almost 100 feet square bounded by four granite stones marks a sacred spot on the campus where 40 to 50 slaves were buried. It is believed that descendants of Dred Scott were buried there. The last record of slaves living on this land was in the year 1821.
I haven't been there, but apparently you can still visit the Dred Scott home site on the Oakwood campus.

Then, there's this from the Wikipedia article on Florence (Alabama, not Italy):
Dred Scott also once resided in Florence, where as a slave, he worked as a hostler at the Peter Blow Inn on Tennessee street. A plaque at the former site commemorates his time there.