Lead: In 1861 dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley, former slave from Virginia, became the personal dressmaker and confidante of the President of the United States, Mary Todd Lincoln.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: In early 1861, Mrs. Lincoln accidentally spilled coffee on the gown she was to wear to the Inaugural Ball. A friend recommended Elizabeth Keckley the finest dressmaker in the District. The Lincolns were so pleased with her work that Mary Lincoln hired Lizzie as a dressmaker and personal maid. The two forged a friendship that would last for years. Lizzie became the First Lady’s closest friend and confidante during the Lincolns’ four years in the White House.