Celebrating Biddy Mason

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Join The Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation and Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation - Los Angeles (TRHT-LA) as we come together to celebrate the inspiring life of Bridget “Biddy” Mason on her 200th birthday.

Born enslaved in Mississippi on August 15th, 1818, Biddy walked to California behind her master’s wagon, where she ultimately gained her freedom, worked as a nurse and midwife, and became the first black woman to own land in Los Angeles. As Biddy’s wealth grew, so did her generosity. She was a visionary philanthropist, regularly providing food and shelter for the poor, healing the sick, and visiting inmates in county jail.

Despite her wealth and prominence at the time of her death, Biddy was buried for nearly 100 years in an unmarked grave at Evergreen Cemetery in Boyle Heights. We will gather at this resting place to honor Biddy Mason’s remarkable life and spirit that continues to inspire us today.

If you hold your hand closed, nothing good can come in. The open hand is blessed, for it gives in abundance, even as it receives.
— Biddy Mason

Wreath Laying Ceremony

Wednesday, August 15
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
FREE

Evergreen Cemetery
204 N. Evergreen Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Plot Section G, Lot 320

Luncheon Celebration

 

200th Birthday Celebration

Saturday, August 18
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Biddy Mason Memorial Park
333 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013