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Description

The medal's obverse design features a portrait of Dred Scott, who unsuccessfully sued for his and his family's freedom in the in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case of 1857. Beneath the portrait, a man is shown being carried away by two soldiers. A woman appears to be dragged on the ground as she reaches for one of the soldier's arms. A child is pictured on the woman's back. On the reverse, Confederate and United States flags are pictured intersecting at the top of the medal. Several rifles appear behind the flags, and the image of an eagle is placed at the center of the intersection. At the medal's bottom, a decorative border lines the edge.

Contributor

Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

Approximate Creation Date

1971

Measurement

1 3/8 inches (diameter)

Materials and Techniques Display

bronze

Inscription

obverse: DRED SCOTT DECISION · MARCH 6, 1857 reverse: THE HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR / Supreme Court decision / which refused freedom to a / slave struck down the / Missouri compromise, giving / slavery protection in / the North.

Creation Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)

Work Type

commemorative medal

Class

Article

Rights

Copyright protected by Mississippi State University Libraries. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required.

ID

3803.2

Current Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)

Repository

Mississippi State University Libraries

Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).

Contact Information

For more information about the contents of this collection, email sp_coll@library.msstate.edu.

Dred Scott Decision (from the History of the Civil War Medal Collection)

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