Hosted by: Prof. John Greathouse
**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