Who is Elizabeth Keckley? To answer the question, she is the person Jennifer Chiaverini writes about in her novel, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker. She was a former slave turned professional dressmaker and confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln. She purchased her freedom from slavery in 1855. By 1860 she was making dresses for the city’s elites and attracted the attention of Mary Todd Lincoln. She moved to Washington where she set up shop and was soon making dresses for the wives of Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, as well as other powerful Southerners.
Come and enjoy “An evening with Author Jennifer Chiaverini,” Monday, April 29. Light refreshment will be served from 5:00-6:00 p.m. The book signing will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at SJCPL Main Library in the Humphreys Multimedia Room. She has authored numerous books about quilts. There will be Civil War reproduction quilts on display. You can purchase a copy of her novel, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker at the event.
A reenactor portraying Elizabeth Keckley will make a brief entrance during the event.