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SUNDAY SERIES at Kent Hisorical Society FEATURES "ELIZABETH KECKLY, A LETTER TO FREDERICK" Tammy Denease's series "Obscured Women" will be presented as part of the Kent Historical Society's Sunday Series on May 19, 2013, at 2:00 PM at the Kent Town Hall. Ms. Denease will introduce you to Elizabeth "Lizzy" Keckly, a former enslaved woman, who purchased her own and her son George's freedom for $1200.00. Ms. Denease will reflect upon Lizzy's life as a slave and her pathway to becoming a dressmaker (couturier) and confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln and an informal advisor to President Lincoln. As a maker of mantuas (an article of women's clothing), Lizzy would dress the elite in the finest of fashion. Her reflections are sparked by writing a thank-you letter to Frederick Douglas, an American statesman, who had sent her a donation for the Contraband Relief Association which provided proper housing, clothes and food to help newly freed ex-slaves who had nowhere else to go and which Lizzy was instrumental in helping to establish in the nation's capitol. At the end of the Civil War the name was changed to The Freedmen and Soldiers Relief Association. Lizzy also helped to establish The Home for Destitute Colored Women and Girls. In her series, storyteller/teaching artist and living historian, Ms. Denease introduces us to the world of fascinating women who have been obscured through the annals of history yet were instrumental as African-Americans in the American Community. Ms. Denease has developed performances and workshops appealing to a wide variety of audiences as she teaches history based on factual research. The oral presentation engages her audiences through folk tales that teach life lessons and are coupled with hands-on activities that leave her audiences educated and eager to learn more. Admission is free but donations are welcome. The Roger Sherman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has graciously sponsored the event. The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education. Its members are direct descendants of the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the worlds largest and most active service organizations. Encompassing an entire downtown city block, DAR National Headquarters houses one of the nation's premier genealogical libraries, one of the foremost collections of pre-industrial American decorative arts, Washington, D.C.'s largest concert hall, and an extensive collection of early American manuscripts and imprints. To learn more about the work of today's DAR.