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Biddy Mason Park Celebration

  • Biddy Mason Memorial Park 333 South Spring Street Los Angeles, CA, 90013 United States (map)

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Join The Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation, Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation - Los Angeles, and Ride On Bike Shop Co-Op as we come together to celebrate the inspiring life of Bridget “Biddy” Mason on her 200th birthday. Born enslaved in Mississippi, Biddy walked to Los Angeles 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 Mason’s wealth grew, so did her generosity. As a visionary philanthropist, she provided food and shelter for the poor, healed the sick, and visited inmates in county jail.

The Biddy Mason Memorial Park was established in 1988, on the same land where Biddy's first home was built. The park includes a mural of inscriptions, deeds and maps, and a timeline of Biddy's life.

Broadway Spring Center
333 S Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

The celebration will include DJ’s, a guided tour of the Biddy Mason Memorial, and a performance by Catherine SCOTI Scott. Light refreshments and teacakes will also be served.

"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: August 15
Biddy Mason Wreath-Laying Ceremony
Later Event: October 8
Indigenous Peoples' Day