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The Center for Law, History, and Culture is pleased to announce a panel discussion, Two Stories of Biddy Mason: A Freedwoman and Entrepreneur in Early Los Angeles. Please join Sarah Barringer Gordon, the Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dana Johnson, Associate Professor of English at USC and award-winning fiction writer, to reflect on the remarkable Los Angeles figure Biddy Mason, from the perspectives of law, history, and fiction. Hilary Schor will moderate a discussion of Sally Gordon’s draft paper, “Unlikely Freedom: Slavery, Race, and Law in Antebellum California,” and Dana Johnson’s short story, “The Story of Biddy Mason,” from In The Not Quite Dark (2016). We look forward to a wide-ranging and fascinating discussion of Biddy Mason’s freedom suit and her life in Los Angeles as a freedwoman, founder of the First AME Church, and one of the most prominent businesswomen and community-builders in 19th century Los Angeles.

 

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Meeting ID: 934 0192 4829

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