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Know Biddy: A Story of Resilience, Wreath Laying Ceremony

  • Evergreen Cemetery 204 North Evergreen Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90033 United States (map)
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In partnership with The Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation, TRHT-LA is proud to present a two-day celebration commemorating the life and legacy of Biddy Mason.

Do you know Biddy Mason? 

Biddy’s remarkable story is one of resilience that resonates with the fortitude so many of us aspire to have when the odds are stacked against us. Bridget “Biddy” Mason lived a life serving others as a nurse and midwife. She provided food and shelter to those experiencing poverty, healed the sick, and regularly visited people who were incarcerated in the county jail. As a visionary philanthropist and the first Black woman to purchase land in Los Angeles, Biddy was an instrumental figure and foremother to the development of our city. 

Despite being born enslaved in Mississippi on August 15, 1818, Biddy pushed through adversity. She walked 1,700 miles to Southern California behind her master’s wagon, where she ultimately gained her freedom. As we celebrate her 201st birthday, we are reminded that her story is timeless—a story about unwavering hope, love for community, and resistance.

Wreath Laying Ceremony Description

The Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation and Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation-Los Angeles are proud to present a Wreath Laying Ceremony in honor of Bridget “Biddy” Mason. Despite Biddy Mason’s wealth, prominence, and service 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 Biddy’s resting place on her birthday to acknowledge and remember her story of resilience that continues to inspire us today. At the wreath-laying ceremony, we will hear from local historians, community leaders and honor Biddy’s life with a birthday cake!

Learn more about Biddy Mason

 

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