Tomorrow is my first day of work! I finally get to work like a white man instead of as a slave
Can my family please have our freedom! We've worked so hard to raise money to pay you for our freedom
Dr. John Emerson (In the crowd in the picture), who was a Surgeon for the U.S. Army at the time, purchased Dred Scott as his slave. Scott was Peter Blow's slave but he died and was sold to another owner.
No means no! You and your family belong to me
Emerson traveled to places with his slaves, places like Illinois and the Wisconsin territory. Both of which prohibited slavery .
Emerson died in St. Louis when they were traveling. Scott and others of Emerson's slaves were left so they started working in St. Louis to gain money to buy their freedom from Eliza Emerson. (John Emerson's wife)
Dred died on September 17, 1858. On his gravestone it read "In memory of a simple man who wanted to be free."
Eliza Emerson denied Dred and his family's request for their freedom, which angered Scott because he had been living in a "slave free" state for over three years.
In 1846 Dred decided to take his case to court so he could have the chance of him and his family being free.
After eleven years of fighting for his freedom with the Supreme Court, Dred Scott and his family finally gained their freedom on March 6, 1857. Dred died a year after gaining his freedom.