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The story of Mary Ellen Pleasant, a Black woman who passed as white, made a fortune that she spent on pushing for civil rights, and how she and her wealth were torn down after she finally outed herself as Black.

Another story that gives more detail about Mary Pleasant and her life.

Mary Pleasant deserves to be remembered, and not just as a "voodoo queen" in San Francisco ghost tours.

[The story of Mary Ellen Pleasant,](https://www.kqed.org/news/11701126/how-a-heroine-became-a-demon-in-victorian-san-francisco) a Black woman who passed as white, made a fortune that she spent on pushing for civil rights, and how she and her wealth were torn down after she finally outed herself as Black. [Another story](https://www.sfgate.com/sfhistory/article/i-went-to-the-most-haunted-corner-in-san-francisco-15645206.php) that gives more detail about Mary Pleasant and her life. Mary Pleasant deserves to be remembered, and not just as a "voodoo queen" in San Francisco ghost tours.

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