The Biddy Mason Park offers more than a peaceful selection of trees, plants, and grass; it is home to a timeline wall telling the journey traveled by Mason from her birth as a slave in Georgia in 1818, to giving birth to four of her owner’s children, to Utah, and then on to California, where she petitioned the court for her freedom and won. Created by artists Beyte Saar and Sheila deBretteville, the black cement wall is an 81-foot long by 8-foot high display that is organized by the decades of Mason’s life. Each 10-year section holds photos, maps, drawings, and imprints from Mason’s life.
As stated above, the park is where Mason first bought a property, making her one of the first black women anywhere in the city to become a real estate owner. Also, this park is where Mason opened the first child care center in the city of the angels and where she founded the city’s first black church, the First African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Though the Biddy Mason Park is considered to be safe during daylight hours, it is recommended that people do not visit it at night.