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. One of their signature programs is Dred Scott Presents Sons and Daughters of Reconciliation who have presented across the country and in 2018 for the National Judicial College. 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. She is a member of Reclaiming Our Ancestors, eleven individuals whose ancestors have written their own slave narratives and their subgroup, Inspired by Courage collaborating to commemorate “400”, 1619 -2019.
Some of the program initiatives of The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation include the Dred Scott Freedom Award given bi-annually, tours highlighting where Dred Scott is made known around the country, partnering with Love for Literacy and Lahr-Well Academy to help improve the reading status of illiterate adults and children, an annual Dred Scott Reconciliation Forum in Marshfield, MO since 2011, a Dred Scott Reconciliation Conference held bi-annually, speaking to schools universities, churches and organizations, communities, libraries and courts throughout the year teaching the Dred Scott Story.
In 2003, Ms. Jackson 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. The Missouri Senate honored her with a recognition resolution in 2008. She was recognized for being instrumental in getting Dred Scott’s bust in the Hall of Famous Missourians in the State Capital in 2012. 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 at Washington University. In April, 2016 she received the Medal of Honor from the National President of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 2017, she garnered national and international media attention with an historic 160th reconciliation event. In 2018 she presented to the Brookings Executive Education Daring to Lead Conference. The Ambassador Andrew Young Award was presented in 2018 by the Ethics Project at the 4th National Youth Summit where she has participated each year.
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 and prison ministry. She serves on the board of the Jefferson National Parks Foundation and recently was on the Board of Governors of St. Louis Artists’ Guild. She has leadership roles with the Apostolic Women St. Louis and with Mission Metro St. Louis which ministered 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.