Iconic Angelenos in Black History: Bridget Mason | KCET
Iconic Angelenos in Black History: Bridget Mason
In honor of Black History Month, join us each day from February 10th to the 19th as we celebrate Black Angelenos who have influenced culture, social justice, and progress in Los Angeles and, in some instances, the nation. First up, we present you Bridget "Biddy" Mason:
In 1866 she bought a house and sizeable property on Spring Street for $250,
becoming one of the first black women to own land in Los Angeles.
In 1872 Mason was a founding member of First African Methodist Episcopal Church, the city's first black church, located inside her downtown home.
She was instrumental in founding an elementary school for black children.
She dined on occasion at the home of Pio Pico, the last governor of Alta California and a wealthy Los Angeles land owner.
She spoke fluent Spanish.
Mason is an honoree in the California Social Work Hall of Distinction.
As we continue celebrating Black History Month with daily portraits of iconic Angelenos, check back for more features on other pioneering individuals and make sure to share this history with your friends and family. Click here for more portraits.