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Our Scarlet Mystery

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Dolly Madison, wife of President James Madison, was born in Guilford County, North Carolina. She was a known entertainer, but the origin of her red velvet dress remains a mystery for historians and curators. Some speculate that this dress may be made from the white house curtains, while others think it may have been a separate purchase, The dress has been on display in the National Portrait Gallery and in the Smithsonian, but today it resides in the Greensboro Historical Museum.
Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 83 Issue 3, August 2015, p108-110, 112, il, por, map