1815 - On the Peter Blow Plantation in Virginia.

Peter and Elizabeth were given a large plantation and lofty status in early 19th century Virginia when they married. How could they possibly fail?

On a cloudy winter's day 5 year old Charlotte Blow, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth, is playing in the kitchen garden with John Bull her favorite colorful doll with a mouth that opens and closes with a string. Charlotte goes inside but leaves the John Bull doll outside

That night it snows covering up John Bull, Charlotte left outside. She is crying as Dred Scott enters her room. Dred, a young man and her black servant responsible for her safety, remembers seeing her playing in the garden the day before.

Dred Scott goes outside, after an hour locates the doll. Dred is shivering, he does not have winter clothes. Elizabeth who is knitting some blankets enlists the young Charlotte to assist her. She hears the story about Dred and John Bull. Both girls agree to knit Dred and his Virginia family some winter clothes. The Blow boys Henry, Taylor, Peter, and William find them shoes.

Peter Blow fails at War and Virginia farming. Peter's children are doing well in school, taught strong values by Peter's wife Elizabeth.

1828 - In a stable in back of the Peter Blow Inn in Alabama.

Dred Scott, now a hosteler in his late twenties is caring for a young horse named Martha. All the six Blow children, now young men and women, are taught to ride Martha by Dred.

Peter Blow fails at Alabama farming and inn keeping. Peter's children and servants do the best they can living with meager provisions under trying circumstances.

In 1830 they all move to Missouri to start again, time is running out for Peter Blow.

1832 - In a small parlor located inside the Peter Blow hotel in St. Louis, Missouri.

Peter and Elizabeth Blow pass away. Despite having everything to start they leave their children penniless.

Dred Scott and his Virginia family is sold to a Dr. Emerson to pay Peter's debts.

The Blow children witness the wedding of Charlotte to Joseph Charless, a wealthy St. Louis businessman. Charlotte, perhaps the most beautiful young lady in St. Louis still has her doll John Bull. The doll is held by her sister Elizabeth on the sash of her dress during the modest ceremony.

All that the Blow children have left in this world is their education. They will find that this is more than enough.

1847 - a letter to Dred from his wife Harriet Scott.

Dred Scott has been gone for months to the deep south. His wife Harriet is pregnant with their second daughter. She is due at any time A few weeks later, Harriet receives a letter from Dred from Mexico. She writes back immediately:

My Darling Dred:
I was elated to hear that you are among the living. It is hard to fathom that it seems like almost a year since I have seen you.

My heart is overflowing with pleasure that I can hardly command words to communicate to you that you have a new daughter.

Lizzy was born this week and is as fine and healthy an infant as you have ever seen.

Mrs. Emerson named her to honor herself.

She plans to sell both our girls.

I have been delivering groceries for Samuel Russell. Mrs. Emerson worked me hard until Lizzy was born. I had one day off. I am tired but in good health.

Eliza and I deliver groceries to a magnificent house about three blocks away. A older lady named Aunt Rachel answered the door. We became friends.

Rachel introduced me to the Mistress of the house, Miss Elizabeth.

I mentioned that my husband Dred has been away for many months in the deep south.

Miss Elizabeth told me she grew up in Virginia with a servant boy named Dred.

The more we described you the more it occurred to us we knew the same person. You my love.

Elizabeth and I cherish that we have spent many hours together with our daughters. We both agree that they need to be protected from Mrs. Emerson and the lady on Morgan Street that sells babies.

We must act fast before Irene Emerson takes them. Joseph, her husband has introduced me to an attorney. He says a freedom suit will stop her from selling Eliza and Lizzy.

My love for you is stronger than ever, please come home soon.


1852 - at the St. Louis jailhouse.

The Blow children, Henry, Taylor, Elizabeth, and Charlotte visit the Scott's while they are in jail.

They are aware that Mrs. Emerson is going to sell the Scott's children Eliza and Lizzy the next day.

Charlotte wants to support Dred and his family because he was part of her family in Virginia.
It was the right thing to do, her mother would have supported the Blow children's efforts.

Charlotte has bought two large dolls her and Elizabeth made that are very similar to John Bull, Charlotte's doll. Except they are larger versions.

Charlotte takes one out from under her hoop skirt and tells Eliza to go under. Elizabeth does the same with Lizzy.

The Blow children leave the jail, Henry and Taylor strike up a conversation with the jailer to distract him.

The camera pans down to the floor displaying the little feet of Eliza and Lizzy under the skirts walking past the jailer

Outside the jail, safely away from the jailers eyes, the Scott girls come out from underneath the ladies skirts.

Taylor and Henry lift the two girls on Old Martha who is tied to a hitching post at the side of the jailhouse.

They walk by the jailhouse window where Dred and Harriet are.

Charlotte calls softly to Dred. “Years ago, do you remember giving us rides on Martha in Alabama.

Dred responds “Yes I sure do Miss Charlotte. Those days are long gone”

Charlotte responds “Well now we will bring them back, it’s our turn to give your children a ride on the same horse, only this is a freedom ride.”

Harriet sheds a tear.

Taylor Blow responds “Dred and Harriet, we will take good care of your daughters.”

Henry Blow responds “Yes we surely will. You can count on us.”

Old Martha disappears into the night as Dred and Harriet watch from their jail cell.

Charlotte hides the girls in her home. They are not seen for 5 years. Until Dred and Harriet are free.