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Bringing Elizabeth Keckly into Focus

March 18 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Elizabeth Keckly said it in the opening to her memoir: “My life has been an eventful one.”   Born a slave, she triumphed through talent and determination to become a successful dressmaker and a witness to history as Mary Lincoln’s confidante in the Civil War White House.

This in-depth program is the second in a series offered by the Burwell School Historic Site in observance of the bicentennial of Keckly’s birth.  She was, for seven hard years, an enslaved servant in the Burwell household.

The program will feature two speakers who will each give their presentation twice, with a half hour break between the programs.  Speaker Stephen Peck will discuss Keckly’s early life and her time in Hillsborough; Dr. Sylvia Hoffert will discuss Keckly’s life after she left Hillsborough.   Visitors will also be able to see the newly installed Elizabeth Keckly exhibit and the reproduction of a dress Keckly made for Mary Lincoln.

Space is very limited at the Burwell School so reservations are recommended, by emailing burwellevent@gmail.com.