In the mid-1800s Elizabeth Keckley was a slave living in St. Louis.
As a highly skilled dressmaker, she was eventually able to earn the money to buy her freedom.
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of a new book about Elizabeth Keckley. She writes about Keckley moving from St. Louis to Washington D.C. and becoming First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s personal dressmaker.
St. Louis Public Radio’s Erin Williams talked with Chiaverini about her new book, “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker.”