February 18, 2023
10020 Iron Bridge Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Free; Reservations Required
The Life and Legacy of Elizabeth Keckley
Saturday, February 18, 2023
Join us for Black History Month Presentation Storyteller and Entertainer Theresa Gee who will present a costumed interpretive presentation about the life of native Virginian Elizabeth Keckley.
Keckley was born into slavery in Dinwiddie County, Va., learned to sew as a young girl and eventually became a talented dressmaker who designed gowns for many prominent women in Washington, D.C. She made dresses for Mary Todd Lincoln which helped to begin a relationship as a friend and confidant that lasted for many years. Mrs. Keckley’s story is one of determination as well as personal heartache. A sculpture of her is featured at the Women’s History Monument at the State Capital in Richmond. This free event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. at Magnolia Grange Museum. Reservations are required and space is limited. For more information, call Martha Atkinson at 804-748-1498.
View the full list of Black History Month 2023 Celebration events.