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Stitch by Stitch: Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly Sews Her Way to Freedom

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly was born in 1818, enslaved to a Virginian plantation owner. As a teenager, Lizzie was sent to work as the only slave on a small plantation, where the work was endless, and the masters treated her with unspeakable cruelty. A new master, learning Lizzie could sew, sent her to work for a tailor, who paid the master, not Lizzie, for Lizzie's work.

The beautiful gowns that Lizzie created were displayed in the tailor's window and soon attracted the attention of the wealthiest women in Virginia. Among them was Mrs. Jefferson Davis who also introduced Lizzy to Mary Todd Lincoln. Though Lizzie first had to borrow money from her wealthy patrons to buy her freedom, once she was free, she was able to earn money of her own and pay them all back — and to buy freedom for her son, too. This inspiring story celebrates an awe-inspiring African American woman who was determined to find her way to freedom, no matter what it took.

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Employing the chorus 'stitch by stitch,”=' Schofield-Morrison emphasizes Keckly’s resolve: 'Lizzy agreed to receive money from her patrons only under the condition that she would repay them... stitch by stitch.' Zunon embroiders Keckly’s oft-difficult life story across lush, multilayered mixed-media spreads, featuring a beguiling tapestry of oil paint, paper, fabric, ribbon, embroidery, lace, and appliqué, in this sobering profile." — Publishers Weekly

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Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Connie Schofield-Morrison
Illustrator Elizabeth Zunon
ISBN 0823439631
Publication Date Nov 9, 2021
Publisher Holiday House
Language English