Original Author: Unknown
Created: Ca. 1861
Medium: Carte-de-visite photograph

Elizabeth Keckly

Elizabeth Keckley—a skilled dressmaker, a prominent activist on behalf of freed Black people, and a memoirist—is the subject of this carte-de-visite photograph made in the mid-nineteenth century when that style of photography was in vogue. Keckly served as a dressmaker and a confidante to First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln in the White House during the years of the American Civil War (1861–1865).

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