A former history re-enactor actress decided to take all the stupid questions she had been asked while working as a slave on the Mount Vernon Estate and turn them into a video spoof on YouTube. And Yahoo News reported on Sept. 4 that the web series has gotten thousands of views since she did.
Lizzie Mae, the fictional personal housemaid to President and Lady Washington, is played by comedian Azie Mira Dungey, who has also played other black slave characters from the 18th century as well.
In the two-part YouTube web series, Dungey seeks to educate the masses on just how lacking in knowledge some people are when it comes to that period in time. But maybe more importantly, she is concerned that despite the fact a black man is now president in the nation, there are still many people who remain ignorant about American history and the plight of the black person.
People tour the historical sites like George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate with a desire to ask some of the strangest questions one might think of, according to Dungey, which she was asked to answer in her role as a re-enactor at the site. And she does so with tongue in cheek on the YouTube videos, allowing her sarcasm to drip like maple syrup.
Fortunately, the New York University graduate has a sense of humor, and she puts it to use in the web series, especially when asked by one woman what hours she works and what would poor Mary Washington do if she needed a cup of tea after her maid has gone to bed.
Lizzie sets the questioning guest straight with, "Well, I don't know any Mary Washington, but I know Martha Washington and she don't drink tea when she's asleep."
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