Elizabeth Keckly Symposium
The Burwell School Historic Site has dedicated 2018 to programs and exhibits observing the bicentennial of Elizabeth Keckly's birth. As young LIzzy Hobbs, she worked -- and all too often suffered -- as an enslaved servant in the household of Robert and Anna Burwell as they were establishing their academy for girls. This symposium will bring together some of the most distinguished scholars to examine her 1868 memoir, Behind the Scenes, or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House -- a book that cost her Mary Lincoln's friendship. This slim memoir remains today both a compelling slave narrative, into the day to day economies and lives of the slaveholding South, and an invaluable insight into the private life of the Lincoln White House. Join us in Hillsborough for this very special event, sponsored by the Burwell School Historic Site.
Director, Division of NC State Historic Sites
NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Founding Director, NC African American Heritage Commission
Jennifer Fleischner, PhD,
Professor of English, Adelphi University
Author of the biography, Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly
William L. Andrews, PhD
E. Maynard Adams Professor of English and Comparative Literature, UNC-Chapel Hill
Frances Smith Foster, PhD
Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Women's Studies (emerita), Emory University; Lifetime Achievement Award -- Society for the Study of American Women Writers
N. Brooks Graebner, PhD
Historiographer, Episcopal Diocese of NC, and Chair, Keckly Bicentennial Committee
Sylvia D. Hoffert, PhD
Professor of History, (emerita), Texas A&M University
Fellow; Center for Presidential History, Southern Methodist University
Registration is $20 and includes a boxed lunch. Make selection at checkout.
Box Lunch - please select your choice (included with registration)
- Smoked Turkey Sandwich on Challah Bread w/ Swiss Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato and Basil Mayo; Chopped Salad w/ 1000 Island; Clementine
- Black Eyed Pea Hummus & Grilled Vegetable Sandwich on Sundried Tomato bread; Chopped Salad w/ Balsamic Vinaigrette; Clementine
- Black Eyed Pea Hummus & Grilled Vegetable Sandwich on Gluten Free Bread; Chopped Salad w/ Balsamic Vinaigrette; Clementine
The Historic Hillsborough Commission is grateful to the NC Humanities Council for their support for this symposium through a Grassroots Grant and to the the Orange County Human Services Agency program and the Town of Hillsborough Tourism Program and for support of the mission of the Burwell School Historic Site.