Black History 101: Elizabeth Keckly


Former slave turned successful seamstress Elizabeth Keckly Helped herself and her family through her dressmaking and design skills. She bought her freedom & moved to Washington D.C.  She was known for the inaugural gown she designed for Mary Todd Lincoln,  president Abraham Lincoln’s Wife. This dress can be seen today at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. The wives of Robert E. Lee, Stephen Douglas, and Jefferson Davis were also known as Elizabeth’s clients. Also known for being a  respected independent business woman, she strived towards the abolition of slavery through her well-connected caucasian clients.

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