Sunday, August 15, 2010
Musically Minded, by Kimberly Low
Bubble Jim, by Sabina Singh
School Days, by Jamie Maxfield
Team Strikedown, by Pepper Moto
Bridget ("Biddy") Mason (born August 15, 1818 in Hancock County, Georgia - died January 15, 1891 in Los Angeles, California) was an African American nurse, and a California real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Born a slave in Georgia, Mason was among a small group of slaves taken by her master Robert Smith, a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), first to the Utah Territory, and then on to California. In 1856, when Smith was planning to move to the slave state of Texas, Mason petitioned a Los Angeles court for her freedom. A California judge granted her freedom as a resident of a free state, as well as the freedom of the other slaves held captive by Smith (her three daughters, and ten other African-American women and children).
Learn more about Biddy Mason, free from the Lakewood Public Library.