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West End in St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Elizabeth Keckley

Born February 1818

 
 
Elizabeth Keckley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2019
1. Elizabeth Keckley Marker
Inscription.  Brought to St. Louis in 1847 by her slave owners, Elizabeth Keckley honed her skills as a dressmaker and was able to buy her freedom in 1855. She moved to Washington D.C. in 1860, cultivated an elite clientele, and became the personal dressmaker and confidante of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. In 1862 Keckley founded the Contraband Relief Association to provide assistance to recently freed slaves and wounded soldiers. Her 1868 memoir "Behind the Scenes, or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House," is one of the best accounts of the Lincolns' private life, and offers a powerful narrative of Elizabeth Keckley's struggle from slavery to freedom.
 
Erected by St. Louis Walk of Fame.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansGovernment & PoliticsIndustry & CommerceWomen. In addition, it is included in the Missouri, St. Louis Walk of Fame series list.
 
Location. 38° 39.326′ N, 90° 17.905′ W. Marker is in West End
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in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on Delmar Boulevard east of North Skinker Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Louis MO 63112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Hampton (here, next to this marker); Thomas Hart Benton (a few steps from this marker); T Bone Burnett (a few steps from this marker); The 5th Dimension (a few steps from this marker); Cedric the Entertainer (within shouting distance of this marker); Max Starkloff (within shouting distance of this marker); Whitey Herzog (within shouting distance of this marker); Donny Hathaway (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West End.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 10 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on April 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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Mar. 5, 2021