WATCH: Lisa Bonet Is A Boss In 'Drunk History' Episode About 1800s Millionaire Mary Ellen Pleasant

June 20 2019

It's Throwback Thursday and we're reintroducing a special clip to celebrate.

Mary Ellen Pleasant is one of Black America's earliest millionaires, earning her fortune during the Gold Rush of the 1800s via her investments and entrepreneurship. But her story hasn't been told to the masses. Enter Comedy Central's Drunk History to provide a comical take on her life. The episode first aired in 2013, and it is picking up more traction after Comedy Central reposted it on their YouTube this week for Juneteenth.

Lisa Bonet plays Pleasant, who had a storied life not only as a rich entrepreneur but as an abolitionist who financially supported fellow abolitionist John Brown in his attempt to help enslaved people to escape.

There's more revolving around Pleasant, but watch the video for yourself to learn about a woman you might not have known about beforehand.

Drunk History airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.

 

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Photo credit: Comedy Central

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