"Biddy Mason's Place: A Passage of Time"

Betye Saar, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, and The Power of Place, 1989

A memorial in downtown Los Angeles, situated between Broadway and Spring streets at 3rd street (Biddy Mason Park). It is dedicated to Biddy Mason, a Black midwife, who was a leading citizen of Los Angeles, and lived at 331 Spring Street from 1866-1891. The mural includes inscriptions, images of deeds and maps, and a photograph of Biddy Mason. This is a project of The Power of Place, a non-profit corporation dedicated to celebrating Los Angeles's multicultural history. Members include: Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Donna Graves, Dolores Hayden, Susan King, and Betye Saar. Do not reproduce information from this site without acknowledgement of the artists and their works, or of the authors of this site.

Below is the text from the memorial with links to images. The terms "here" and "this street" refer to the area around today's Spring, 4th, and 7th streets


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Photographs taken by Ruth Wallach, USC Libraries.
1/1998. Updated 3/2004