The Old Courthouse

The Old Courthouse (HM29ST)

Location: St. Louis, MO 63102
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 37.536', W 90° 11.333'

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On April 6, 1846, a slave named Dred Scott and his wife Harriet sued for their freedom in this courthouse. The Scotts had been taken by their owner to free jurisdictions and then returned to Missouri, a slave state. In 1857, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney of the U.S. Supreme Court announced the decision in the case of Dred Scott v. Sandford. He stated that Americans of African ancestry were not eligible to be citizens, based on the historical claim that they "had no rights which the white man was bound to respect." Taney's opinion also declared that Congress could not prevent the spread of slavery into the Western territories. This decision fueled sectional conflict which led to the Civil War.
HM NumberHM29ST
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Date Added Thursday, July 26th, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 744719 N 4278979
Decimal Degrees38.62560000, -90.18888333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 37.536', W 90° 11.333'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 37' 32.16" N, 90° 11' 19.98" W
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Area Code(s)314, 618
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 50 N 4th St, St. Louis MO 63102, US
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