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Prelude to Freedom
Prelude to Freedom: Dred Scott in Florence, ca. 1822-ca. 1830
FLPL Local Historian Lee Freeman will discuss Dred Scott’s roughly eight years in Florence, Alabama. He will examine what we know and what we can surmise about Scott’s stay in Florence from actual records. Lee will talk about what we know about Capt. Peter Blow and his family, tracking them from Southampton Co., VA to Madison Co, AL to Florence, AL to St. Louis, MO. He will also briefly examine how Florentines have remembered Dred Scott from the late 1800s through 2018 (for example, Judge Wood’s 1876 speech, the historical marker on Pine St., and Dred Scott’s plaque on the Walk of Honor). Lee will also examine how the Dred Scott decision impacted Florence-Lauderdale on the eve of the Civil War. This event is cosponsored by Project Say Something.