A sepia photograph of an African-American woman in a fancy 19th century dress standing next to a chair over which a curtain has been draped.
Photo courtesy of the Moorland Springarn Research Center at Howard University.

Elizabeth Keckly and the Lincolns

Thursday, February 1, 2024

1 – 2 p.m. ET
Free | Recommended for Grades 5 +

Gain a unique view into the Lincoln White House through the eyes of Elizabeth Keckly. A self-emancipated, female business owner and dress maker, she was counted among Mrs. Lincoln’s closest friends. Her life and experiences offer a glimpse of life in the Lincoln family, urban slavery and emancipation, and what freedom could look like for African American women.