Mary Ellen Pleasant : LUSENET : San Francisco History : One Thread

I would like a brief synopsis of Mary Ellen (Mammy) Pleasant. I need information of her birth (approximate date) and death (approximate date) and what did she die of (if available). Is there an obit on her and any offspring or surviving family/siblings.

-- Carolyn D. Shelton (, October 26, 2002


Here's a pretty extensive site. She lived from 1814-1903. Her house, which burned down in the 1920s, was at Bush and Octavia Streets, a site that is now Presbyterian Medical Center. Most histories portray her as a blackmailer and pseudo-voodoo practitioner and let her reputation go at that, but this site gives a much broader significance to her: "Mother of Civil Rights"

-- Rosa (, October 27, 2002.

Whoops. It's actually California Pacific Medical Center.

-- Rosa (, October 27, 2002.

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-- Scott M. Hall (ivecrashedtheserver@hotm, October 30, 2002


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-- sameasabove ( , October 30, 2002.

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-- King Sean M. Hall I (sanfranciscofanclub@g, October 30, 2002.

-- Sean M Hall (sean@mhall.fucker), October 31, 2002.

There are several books written about Mammy Pleasant. Also the San Francisco Ghost Hunt Tour goes to the area where she lived and tells quit a bit about her. Sensationalized, but still pretty entertaining. I have one of the books, but it is packed as we are in the process of a move, but when I unpack I will email the author's name to you.

-- Louise Ann Carlson-Godfrey (, August 13, 2003.

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