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Innovator Stories: Peter Biggs (Historical Figure- UCTV Lost Voices Series)

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm


Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista


Open to the Public

Hosted by: Prof. John Greathouse

The TMP 111 Speaker Series - Innovator Stories is open to the public. Click here for a campus map showing the location of Embarcadero Hall. For more information, please contact Cindy Colmenares.

**UCTV Lost Voices Series**

Peter Biggs will be portrayed by Jarred Webb. Following a Q&A session with Daniel Lynch who wrote his Dissertation on Peter Biggs. 

Historical Figure Biography: According to historians Kendra Field and Daniel Lynch, "Biggs (was) a man who experienced a remarkable transition from slavery to freedom a decade before the outbreak of the Civil War. Born enslaved in Virginia around 1820, Biggs lived and labored in Los Angeles between the late 1840s and his murder in 1869. As one of only twelve people in Los Angeles marked 'Black' on the 1850 U.S. Census, he was also the only one listed with a surname and living in a home of his own. Over the course of two decades in California, Biggs held numerous positions and identities—from enslaved soldier of the U.S.-Mexican War to free African American barber, from 'Don Pedro,' the 'Master of Ceremonies,' to 'the Black Democrat.' Like most other ex-slaves throughout the antebellum United States, Biggs’s precarious experience of freedom was highly contingent upon kinship connections and social and economic networks." Source: “MASTER OF CEREMONIES”: THE WORLD OF PETER BIGGS IN CIVIL WAR–ERA LOS ANGELES, KENDRA FIELD