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Thebes Courthouse Historical Marker


Location of sign - Off Route 3 Thebes Illinois


Photo taken April 2008


Thebes Courthouse Historical Marker

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Wayne


Text of sign:


Thebes Courthouse

This courthouse, completed in 1848, was the county seat of Alexander County until 1884 when the county seat was moved to

Cairo.  The building was constructed with local sandstone, hewn timbers, hand sawed board, plaster, and with a split shingle roof.

Dred Scott was imprisoned here in the dungeons below.  He was a fugitive slave for whom the judge's decision was made 

establishing a negro's right to his own person.


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