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Biddy Mason Wreath-Laying Ceremony

  • Evergreen Cemetery 204 North Evergreen Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90033 United States (map)

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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

Earlier Event: May 19
A People's Home: Winston Street 1974
Later Event: August 18
Biddy Mason Park Celebration