Behind the Scenes: A Conversation Between Anna Burwell and Elizabeth Keckley

Sunday, May 7, 2–4 p.m.

Speaker: Sheila Smith McKoy, Editor, The Elizabeth Keckley Reader

Join us for a staged reading of Maureen Quilligan and Michael Malone’s innovative play. The play features an imaginary, but plausible, conversation between Anna Burwell, headmistress of the famed Burwell School in Hillsborough, and Elizabeth Keckley (sometimes spelled Keckly), an enslaved servant and seamstress at the school who later bought her freedom and went on to become the couturier and close friend of Mary Todd Lincoln. A Q&A session, discussion with scholars and cast, and book signing follow the presentation.

This project is made possible, in part, by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. www.nchumanities.org

Recommended for adults only.

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