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Keckley Clothing was named after Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, a former slave who became a successful seamstress, civil activist, and author. Although she encountered one hardship after another, with sheer determination, a network of supporters and valuable dressmaking skills, she eventually bought her freedom from her St. Louis owners for $1,200.She made her way to Washington, D.C.in 1860 to establish her own dressmaking business and met Mary Todd Lincoln. Elizabeth was best known as the personal modiste and confidante of the First Lady.
It is in the spirit of Elizabeth Keckley that we have incorporated service and support into our business plan. We truly believe, "behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women, who have her back!"