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Scott County: Davenport
GPS Coordinates: 41.521197 by -90.571886

Dred Scott Marker
Dred Scott was a slave who was owned by Dr. John Emerson. Dr. Emerson was a surgeon in the Army and was transferred to posts throughout the country including a number in free states. Scott sued for his freedom - eventually the Supreme Court ruled against him in 1857 in what has been called the "Dred Scott Decision". This created an outrage in the North, particularly among abolitionists, and was an important factor in creating tensions which led to the Civil War. This historical marker is located at 217 E. 2nd Street. On a visit 10/9/20, the store at this address was Cookies and Dreams. The small bronze plaque reads "On this site was located the home of John Emerson, post surgeon at Fort Armstrong, and of his famous slave, Dred Scott." It states it was erected by the DAR chapter in 1928. Thank you to Dustin Oliver for notification of this monument, providing directions, and the photo. The photo was taken 7/18/09.

Dred Scott Marker