The life and times of Biddy Mason, from slavery to wealthy Californian landowner.
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The first African American woman to own land in California, Biddy Mason was born into slavery in 1818, but won her freedom in a Los Angeles court and purchased a homestead between Broadway and Spring Streets. When she died in 1891, she was one of the wealthiest women and most notable philanthropists in Los Angeles. You can read more about Mason's fascinating life story here, and in LAPL's California Index.