Historic Healing & Reconciliation 160th Annversary Of Dred Scott Decision Monday March 6, 2017

The descendants of Dred Scott and Roger Brooke Taney were brought together by a work of art. In May 2016, the renowned Actors Studio in New York City produced the premiere of A Man of His Time, a one-act play centered on an emotional meeting of the descendants of Scott and Taney set in today’s time.  The playwright is Kate Taney Billingsley, an actor and member of the Actors Studio.  The Actors Studio invited Lynne Jackson, the great-great-granddaughter of Dred Scott and Charlie Taney, the great-great-great nephew of Roger Brooke Taney to come to New York to participate in a talk-back session with the audience after the play.  Jackson lives in Missouri, Taney in Connecticut.

After meeting in New York, Lynne Jackson and Charlie Taney formed a working relationship.  Jackson says; “Only Divine Providence could have set up the Scott and Taney descendants’ first meeting around an amazing play written by a Taney about Scott and Taney descendants meeting for the first time!  I had hoped to meet and draw them out over time to build a relationship through the Foundation’s work and they actually contacted me.  It was a highlight for me personally and for the Foundation’s 10th anniversary.”

Jackson is the founder and president of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation in St. Louis and was working on a strategic plan for her foundation.  Taney consults with non-profits and offered to work pro bono with Jackson on this project.  After successfully completing the strategic plan, Jackson invited Taney to Dred Scott Presents Sons & Daughters of Reconciliation, a December 2016 conference in St. Louis hosted by the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation.  At this event, the Taney and Scott families participated in a public reconciliation.  Taney recognized the harm caused to African Americans by the infamous Dred Scott decision authored by Roger Brooke Taney, and formally apologized for the Taney family to the Scott family.  In turn, the Scott family formally forgave the Taney family.  The result is a new foundation of trust, and a commitment to work together on the reconciliation of black and white America.  Charlie Taney says, “Working with Lynne Jackson and the Scott family on reconciliation has been an important and deeply moving experience. “

On the morning of March 6th at 10 AM, a reading of “A Man of His Time” written by Kate T. Billingsley will be performed at The Prayer Breakfast Calvary United Methodist Church ~ 301 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, MD 21401. A Postreading conversation will follow with Charles Taney IV and LynnJackson.  For additional information                                                     ( See https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/13/arts/a-fictional-apology-to-dred-scott-born-of-a-real-familys-painful-legacy.html?_r=0)

As President Obama said in his remarks at Reverend Clementa Pickney’s funeral after the 2015 Charleston massacre, “Justice grows out of our recognition of each other.” This public reconciliation between these two families yoked together by history, is a further attempt at achieving justice through mutual recognition and reconciliation.

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John Douglas Thompson to play Scott role in ‘A Man of His Time’

loveny091221_14_560Thrilled to announce that the phenomenal, John Douglas Thompson will play the role of Walter Scott in Kate Taney Billingsley’s play A Man of His Time on Playing On Air’s podcast program & WNYC. Mr. Thompson will play alongside Sam Waterston at The Jerome L. Greene Space in a live benefit performance of Kate’s play directed by, Estelle Parsons on November 14, 2016. Tickets can be bought here: Brown Paper Tickets or you can listen for free, here: Playing On Air. Photograph via New York Magazine.

Sam Waterston set to play Jim Taney in “A Man of His Time”


Very exciting news! The remarkably talented, Sam Waterston is now set to portray Jim Taney in Kate Taney Billingsley’s play “A Man of His Time” on November 14, 2016 on Playing On Air via WNYC. The legendary Estelle Parsons is directing. His counterpart, the character of Walter Scott is TBD. To attend the recording, you can buy tickets here: Brown Paper Tickets. Or, you can listen from the comfort of your own home via WNYC,  www.playingonair.org, or Playing On Air’s  podcast on your iPhone.

Tickets on sale for Playing On Air via WNYC

Tickets are on sale now for Playing On Air‘s recording of Kate’s play “A Man of His Time”. The play will be recorded in The Jerome Greene Space at WNYC; alongside plays by John Patrick Shanley and Alan Zweibel. You can purchase tickets here: Brown Paper Tickets. If you are unable to attend the recording, you can listen from the comfort of your own home on WNYC or on  Playing On Air ‘s website or world-class podcast on your iPhone come November 14, 2016.