Mary Randolph Custis Lee
was an artist, author, and early antislavery activist. The great-granddaughter of
Martha Washington, she
enjoyed virtually unequalled social status throughout her life. Tutored in history
and philosophy, she became acquainted with the early republic's leaders, who visited
her father's estate, Arlington. Following her mother's lead, she fought slavery, and helped to ease the lives of her own family's
slaves. Her uncle's death in . . .
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