Ever since I read about Biddy Smith Mason at fmh, I have been in awe of this woman. (Read her story here!) When I discovered that she rested in a cemetary just a block from Ed's family's home in East Los Angeles, I looked forward to paying my respect on our next trip out West.
Her headstone reads:
Biddy Mason 1818-1891, former slave, philanthropist, humanitarian. Founding member First African Methodist Episcopal Church 1872, Los Angeles California.