Historic Markers Across Alabama

Dred Scott

Marker ID:  
Location: N. Pine Street and W. Tennessee St, Florence, Alabama
County: Lauderdale
Coordinates: N 34° 47.988    W 087° 40.634
  34.7998    -87.67723333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMHG9D


Dred Scott
(In Florence 1820 -1830)

Dred Scott, whose name is associated with the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Dred Scott Decision of 1857, was born in Virginia between 1795~1809. In 1818 he was in Madison County, Alabama. He came to Florence with the Peter Blow family in 1820. About 1827 the Peter Blow Inn was established at this site, Scott served as the hostler here until the Blows relocated to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1830. Afterwards, Scott was sold to Dr. John Emerson. It was under Emerson's service that Scott based his legal fight for freedom that resulted in the Dred Scott Decision.

Erected by Florence Historical Board Florence, Alabama.

End of Dred Scott