One of The First Black Woman To Buy and Own Land in Los Angeles California for 250$ #Black August 15 1818 The Great Bridget Biddy Mason was Born a Slave in Mississippi one of The First Black/New Afrikan Woman To Own and Buy Land In Los Angeles California, Biddy Mason Walke 1,700 miles behind her Masters wagon from Mississippi to Utah to California, Biddy Contested her slavery and won freedom court after winning she became a wealthy Real Estate Investor and Philanthropist long live Biddy Mason!!
Biddy Mason was a once illiterate Black slave woman who worked as a nurse/midwife and then walked from Mississippi to California to become a successful entrepreneur and a generous contributor to social causes.
From Mississippi, she was born on a plantation owned by Robert Marion Smith and Rebbecca (Crosby) Smith. In 1847, Smith became a Mormon convert and decided to move to the Utah Territory with his household and slaves where Brigham Young was starting a Mormon community. In this strenuous two-thousand-mile cross-country trek, Mason was responsible for herding the cattle. She also prepared meals, acted as a midwife and took care of her children. In 1851, Smith moved his household again, this time to San Bernardino, California. Smith probably did not know that California had been admitted to the Union in 1850 as a free state and that slavery was forbidden there.
At this time she had made friends in the L. A. black community and one of them (Charles Owens) helped Mason petition the court and in 1856 won freedom for herself and for her daughters. She moved to Los Angeles and found employment as a nurse and midwife. Hard work and her nursing skills allowed her to become economically independent. She became a domestic to Dr. John S. Griffin who served most of the Los Angeles area. Mason was also very frugal and only ten years after gaining her freedom, she bought a site on Spring Street for $250 becoming one of the first black women to own land in Los Angeles.
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