Meet this Black Woman of History!

Elizabeth Keckley (2/1818 – 5/1907)

This former slave bought the freedom of she and her son to become a successful seamstress, author and activist.

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.

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