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Va. to honor Dred Scott with a historic marker

Friday - 4/12/2013, 3:40am  ET

CAPRON, Va. (AP) -- A pivotal figure in the nation's struggle to end slavery is being honored in Virginia with a historical marker.

The state Department of Historic Resources will dedicate the marker to Dred Scott on Tuesday in Capron. In 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Scott was "property, not a citizen," and had no standing to challenge his enslavement.

The decision deepened the divisions over slavery in the lead up to the Civil War.

Scott was born on a plantation in Southampton County owned by Peter Blow. His two sons later purchased Scott's freedom a year before his death in 1858. The historic marker will pay homage to Scott and the Blow family.

The ceremony dedicating the marker will include a great-great-granddaughter of Scott and members of the Blow family.

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