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Biddy Mason

“Biddy Mason’s adventure started with a walk–about a two-thousand-mile walk from Mississippi to California, via Salt Lake City, Utah. At the time, she was slave . . . .”: That is how I began my chapter on Biddy Mason in my book “Adventurous Women: Eight True Stories About Women Who Made a Difference.”  As part of my research, I went to Los Angeles to study & photograph this moving memorial to Biddy Mason, who won her freedom and became a midwife, landowner, church founder, and friend to all. Biddy Mason believed that nothing good comes from keeping “your hand closed”:  “The open hand is blessed,” she said,  “for it gives in abundance, even as it receives.”

Biddy Mason Memorial, between Broadway and Spring Street at 3rd Street, Los Angeles, California


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