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This special projects grant was sponsored by the Fort San Luis Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, in Tallahassee. The colors are cheap evening dresses even more striking in person, and the needlework is quite detailed and beautiful. The dress is in one piece, with the skirt attached with pleats to the waistband and the attached peplum . The dress fastens in the front bodice with hooks and eyes.
Catherine Murat lived from 1803-1867, and died in Tallahassee, Florida.
... She had given the dress to an African American family, but we do not know the name of the family members who preserved it for so many years. That is one more mystery to be solved.
A display celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Tallahassee Museum will open in late July and run throughl January, with the dress as a central feature of the event. The Murat home, Bellevue, was moved to the museum grounds a number of years ago, and the dress was part of the contents included in the items provided to the Tallahassee Museum.

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