On May 26, 1857, Dred Scott got his freedom. No, it’s not a typo.
Yes, he was the losing plaintiff in the disastrously decided Dred Scott v Sandford in which the Supreme Court essentially ruled that there were no free states in the U.S., precipitating the Civil War and denying him his rights.
But even as courts and the rule of law failed, changes in the human heart saw one group of former owners fund his court challenge and another, after he lost his case, deed him to one of those former owners precisely so he could be freed.
Not enough people saw the light in those days, but some did, a humbling reminder that we can always do the right thing in our own time even if the world is wrong or indifferent.