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Missouri Digital Heritage :: Divided Loyalties Opening Exhibit :: Divided Loyalties Audio Tour :: Panel 5 - Missouri Before the War - (Freedom in a Slave Society, Dred and Harriet Scott)
Slaves in Missouri were sometimes freed by their masters. Often, this freedom came with stipulations; for example, some slaves were required to purchase their freedom from their masters. One such slave, a woman named Elizabeth Keckley was able to buy freedom for herself and her son for the price of $1,200. She went on to work as a successful seamstress in Washington, D.C., for prominent women like Mary Todd Lincoln and Varina Davis, wife of Jefferson Davis.
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