Between sips from a large goblet and fart noises blamed on a chair, actor Artemis Pebdani narrates the life and times of Mary Ellen Pleasant, a freed mixed-race slave who became “the mother of civil rights in California.” After being bought out of slavery in the mid-1800s, Pleasant moved to San Francisco, where she opened a restaurant while posing as a white woman. Eventually amassing a fortune of “like a batrillion gillion a-dollahs” alongside her lover and business partner Thomas Bell, Pleasant helped many African-Americans find jobs and attain high social standing within the city. Unfortunately, after Bell’s death, Pleasant was “dismissaninided” (not totally sure what Pebdani means by that) and is now said to haunt a San Francisco park.
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