Elizabeth Keckley was born a slave. She learned her skill from her mother. She persistently put in hard work and determination till she became a successful seamstress, civil rights activist, and author.
Born in February 1818, Keckley was so
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She had an incredible impact on high-society dresses at that time. Through her dressmaking business in Washington, she also trained African American women to be seamstresses.
However, besides dressmaking, Keckley wrote the book “Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House”, which revealed a lot about her life and the Lincoln family.
Her works can be found at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and Kent State University Museum.
She died in Washington, D.C in 1907.