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Dred Scott was born a slave in Southhampton county, Virginia, around 1799
Dred Scott married Harriet Robinson in free Wisconsin Territory, but they never claimed their freedom
The Scott's passed through many free states when their master was moved around
Emerson suddenly died, leaving the Scotts to his widow
The Scotts worked as hired slaves and Scott offered to purchase his freedom but Irene Emerson denied him
Dred Scott filed a lawsuit for their freedom in Missouri state court in St. Louis with the help of antislavery lawyers
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