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Dewitt in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley (1818-1907)

 
 
Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley (1818-1907) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 22, 2014
1. Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley (1818-1907) Marker
Inscription. Born near here in Dinwiddie County in 1818, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, or Keckly, was a dressmaker and abolitionist. She lived as a slave in Virginia and North Carolina but eventually bought her freedom in 1855. By 1860 she had relocated to Baltimore and then to Washington, D.C. Because of her dressmaking skills, she became a seamstress, personal maid, and confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln, President Abraham Lincoln's wife. In 1868, Keckley's account, Behind the Scenes; or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House, appeared and met with criticism from Mrs. Lincoln for its candor. Keckley died in 1907.
 
Erected 2011 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number S-85.)
 
Location. 37° 0.829′ N, 77° 40.462′ W. Marker is in Dewitt, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is at the intersection of Boydton Plank Road (U.S. 1) and Karla Drive, on the left when traveling south on Boydton Plank Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dewitt VA 23840, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sapony Episcopal Church (approx. 4.2 miles away); Origins of 4-H in Virginia (approx.
US 1 at Sappony Creek (facing south) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 22, 2014
2. US 1 at Sappony Creek (facing south)
5 miles away); Birthplace of Roger Atkinson Pryor (approx. 5 miles away); Birch's Bridge (approx. 5.9 miles away); Dinwiddie County / Brunswick County (approx. 5.9 miles away); Brunswick County, Virginia (approx. 5.9 miles away); Dinwiddie Courthouse (approx. 6 miles away); Scott's Law Office (approx. 6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Elizabeth Keckley. Virginia Historical Society (Submitted on November 22, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
US 1 (facing north) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 22, 2014
3. US 1 (facing north)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 317 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 22, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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