Dred Scott inducted into Hall of Famous Misosurians
by Eli Yokley
Jefferson City - The Missouri House of Representatives honored Dred Scott, a former slave who was at the center of one of the most important pre-civil war legal battles, with a bust in the Hall of Famous Missourians.
House Speaker Steven Tilley, R-Perry, introduced the bust during a ceremony on the floor of the House.
“I was excited to do it,” Tilley said. “I’m thrilled to have a lot of members of the Scott family here.”
State Representative Stacey Newman, a St. Louis Democrat, lauded the body for honoring Scott.
“To me, it was long overdue. I mean, that was my first question, was why he had not had his bust years and years ago,” said Newman. “It’s just a great day for all of us.”
Along with the Scott bust, Tilley also commissioned a bust of radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh’s induction into the Hall has been met with skepticism, but Tilley said it will go ahead, nonetheless.
Tilley did not say where the bust is, though it is expected to be somewhere in the capitol. Tilley said he is waiting to reveal the bust with hopes that Limbaugh can attend the ceremony.