- Eric Gardner
Webb, Mary (1828–17 June 1859), dramatic reader, was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Her parents' names and specific details of her youth remain unknown, though nineteenth-century accounts spin rich tales of her parentage and childhood. According to her husband Frank Webb, her father was “a Spanish gentleman of wealth” and her mother “a woman of full African blood” who escaped from slavery while pregnant with Mary and later died from anxiety produced by the Fugitive Slave Act (Webb, p. i). Other sources claim she was the child of a Cuban official, and a letter of introduction written by ...