… many called her “Auntie Mason” or “Grandma Mason.”
In 1872, Mason was a founding member of First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles, the city’s first black church. The organizing meetings were held in her home on Spring Street. She donated the land on which the church was built. This land is now the site of Biddy Mason Park, a Los Angeles city park and site of an art installation describing her life.
Mason spoke fluent Spanish and was a well-known figure in the city. She educated her children and with her wealth became a philanthropist to the entire Los Angeles community.
Bridget “Biddy” Mason died in Los Angeles in 1891.