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Elizabeth Keckley, 1824-1907, who, born into slavery in Virginia, worked as a dressmaker in St.Louis where, in 1855, she was able to purchase her and her son's freedom. She then moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked as a dressmaker for many prominent people including Mary Todd Lincoln.

Elizabeth Keckley, Behind the Scenes; or Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House. Published 1868.

 

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