The Mattatuck Museum will present They Call Me Lizzy; From Slavery to the White House performed by Stephanie Jackson of Farmington. Ms. Jackson will portray Elizabeth Keckly, an enslaved woman who persevered to become dressmaker and confidante of President Abraham Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. The performance will take place at the Mattatuck Museum on Wednesday June 22, 2011 from 7:00-8:30pm.
Ms. Jackson originated the role of Elizabeth Keckly, who was born enslaved but gained her freedom and started a sewing school for girls. She became the personal dressmaker and confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln. Lizzy was born in North Carolina; her parents were separated in the homes of two different masters and after the age of 7, Lizzy never saw her father again. In her teenage years, Lizzy was given to her master’s son as a wedding gift. Join us as actress Stephanie Jackson portrays Lizzy and tells her remarkable story.
Admission to They Call Me Lizzy; From Slavery to the White House is $10 for museum members and $15 for non-members. Join the museum to immediately qualify for the member discount. Please register in advance at www.MattatuckMuseum.org or by calling (203) 753-0381 ext. 10.
For more information on all of the museum’s programs, events, and exhibits visit the website at www.mattatuckmuseum.org or call us at (203) 753-0381. The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Connecticut Commission on Cultural & Tourism, and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, fifteen world-class museums and historic sites (www.arttrail.org). Located at 144 West Main Street, Waterbury, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Convenient, free parking is located behind the museum on Park Place.