Amy Carter and Mary Prince performing on the White House lawn. Wiki Commons and the National Archives and Records Administration are credited
During Jimmy Carter’s 1977 Inaugural, Black woman Mary Prince—who had been convicted of murder—was already a contentious figure.
Despite being incarcerated, Prince was granted permission to travel to Washington, D.C. for the occasion,
and she showed up wearing a dress made from materials donated to her by other prisoners at the Atlanta Work Release Center and the Fulton County Jail.
Prince recalls being pulled aside by newly appointed First Lady Rosalynn Carter at the conclusion of the festivities.
"Mrs. Carter asked me if I would like to work in this large, historic building before I left." That year, Prince told People.
At that point, Rosalynn Carter and Prince had been friends for years and had grown close.
When the Carter family resided at the Georgia governor's mansion, Prince worked as a nanny for young Amy Carter.