Elizabeth Keckley (2/1818 – 5/1907)
She was the personal dressmaker and confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Lincoln.
- Ms. Keckley is credited with starting a school for young black girls to teach them sewing and etiquette,
- Presiding founder of the first Black Contraband Relief Association,
- Representative of Wilberforce College at the 1893 Columbian World’s Exhibition in Chicago, an event that celebrated the 400th Anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America.
- Penned the book ‘Behind the Scene’ about the life of Mary Todd Lincoln and the happenings in the White House during Lincoln’s tenure.