Statue of Dred Scott could be placed near Alabama Confederate statue

A statue showing an enslaved couple pulling the chains of oppression could be erected in Lauderdale County near a monument honoring the Confederate dead.

After more than a year of campaigning, hosting community discussions and pitching five different designs for a social justice monument, Florence-based nonprofit Project Say Something on Tuesday selected a statue featuring Dred and Harriet Scott.

“To have African American figures and bodies displayed in front of the courthouse will be powerful,” said Camille Bennett, the founder of Project Say Something. “It shows what it means for Florence and can set an example for other cities.”

Bennett said the organization is working on a presentation for the Lauderdale County Commission. If the design is approved by commissioners, the…

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