Lynne M. Jackson
Lynne M. Jackson is a great-great granddaughter of Harriet and Dred Scott of the Dred Scott Decision of 1857. This United States Supreme Court decision was a major catalyst for the civil war which, under President Abraham Lincoln, ended slavery. The case helped change the landscape and future of this country from a slave holding republic to one that had more potential to be in keeping with the Declaration of Independence. She delights in sharing this story with young and old, including details of the Scott’s personal and family history that have not previously been known. She has presented from 3rd graders to addressing a distinguished audience at Harvard University.
Ms. Jackson is president and founder of The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation. The Foundation’s goal is to promote the commemoration, education and reconciliation of our histories with an eye towards helping to heal the wounds of the past.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. At 18, she graduated from the Alleda Ward Well Piano Studio of Classical Music.
Her career started at The Girl Scout Council of Greater St. Louis where she became Business Operations Director. After enjoying administrative positions at Ford Motor Company and Cass Logistics, she became Manager of General Services at Bryan Cave LLC law firm, St. Louis Office from 1996 until 2009.
In 2010, under her leadership, the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation commissioned the first statue of Harriet and Dred Scott, designed and created by sculptor Harry Weber. It stands outside the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, MO where the Scotts first petitioned for their freedom. In June of 2012, it was unveiled and given to the American people with custodial care by the National Parks Service.
She travels around the country sharing the history of this landmark case, the family story and attendant histories. In 2003, she received the Community Service Award from Community Women Against Hardship. In 2007 she addressed the National Conference of Attorney Generals in Washington DC. She spoke at the Dred Scott Symposium at Harvard University chaired by Dr. Charles Ogletree, Jr. She received the Freedom Dred Scott Legacy Award given by Bott Radio Network in 2007 as well as The Community Service Award from the Elijah P. Lovejoy Society. The Missouri Senate honored her with a recognition resolution in 2008. In 2011, she received the Edwin P. Hubble Award of Initiative from the City of Marshfield, MO where Dred Scott received a star on their Walk of Fame in 2007. Mrs. Jackson received The Phenomenal Woman Award in 2011 from the Center for Racial Harmony in Belleville, Illinois. She was recognized for being instrumental in getting Dred Scott’s bust in the Hall of Famous Missourians in the State Capital in 2012. The Empowering Women Who Inspire Award was received in 2013 by Women In Vision. In 2014, she was a nominee with honorable mention for the National Women’s History Project Award. She was named among the 250 Women Who Influenced St. Louis for the 250th birthday of St. Louis in 2015 by American Association of University Women. In December 2015, the Foundation gave its first Dred Scott Freedom Awards to 17 honorees on the eve of the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery in the United States. The House of Representatives recognized the Foundation with a proclamation at the awards dinner by US Congressman William Lacy Clay.
Mrs. Jackson has been a Sunday School Superintendent, teacher, Vacation Bible School Director, and has sung in twelve choirs since childhood. She enjoys one-on-one biblical counseling, prison ministry, is a member of Cross Keys Baptist Church, Board of Governors of St. Louis Artists’ Guild, has leadership roles with the Apostolic Women St. Louis and with Mission Metro St. Louis and ministers in the Ferguson, MO area with various prayer groups. She and her husband, Brian, live in St. Louis where they were born. Their passion is biblical apologetics which they research and teach. They have two grown children.
The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation – http://www.thedredscottfoundation.org/dshf/
Workshop Title: Dred Scott’s Path to Freedom, Paving Inroads Then and Now
This workshop will give a brief historical look at the life of Dred Scott as a young slave and how persistence in pursuing his freedom led to the end of slavery in the 1800s. Students will be challenged to analyze Dred Scott’s circumstances in mid 1800s in comparison to those faced today and apply his course of actions to achieving success.