WHAT WE DID: 2/7

  • SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH
    • Turn in HRL
    • Odes
    • HOMEWORK
      • AoW annotation with text tags and commentary due 2/8
      • Greek & Latin packet due Thursday
      • Study G&L for quiz Friday
  • HONORS ENGLISH 8
    • Turn in HRL
    • “Seen/Unseen” activity
    • HOMEWORK
      • Take home essay test: Explain how the use of allegory in “Thank you, Ma’m” supports the theme of “change through redemption.” Due Wednesday, 2/15.
  • ENGLISH 8
    • Turn in character traits & motivation activity
    • “Seen/Unseen” activity

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH NOTABLE ANGELENOS

Bridget “Biddy” Mason (August 15, 1818 – January 15, 1891) was an African-American nurse, a Californian real estate entrepreneur, and a philanthropist. Born a slave in 1818, in Georgia, Biddy Mason walked to California from Mississippi behind her master’s wagon.

After meeting freed slaves in San Bernardino, California, she went to court and won her freedom in 1856. For the next 10 years, she saved her wages from jobs as a midwife and nurse to buy property near 4th and Spring streets in downtown L.A.

In the years that followed, “Biddy Mason’s Place” became known as a daycare center and orphanage. Then in 1872, with 11 other people, Mason founded the First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles in her home. Later, the first actual church building was constructed at 4th Street and Grand Avenue on a plot also owned by Mason. In the 1880s, she financed a disaster center for residents left homeless by flooding.

Mason died in 1891 at 72 years old.

An 8- by 81-foot timeline memorial of Los Angeles’ and Mason’s intertwined history was erected in 1989 on a parking garage wall at 333 S. Spring St., near where her home once stood.

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Thank you, Miss Mason, for your courage and generosity. You will never be forgotten.

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