Photograph of Gladys Owens Spikes, left, discussing a statute of her great-grandmother, Biddy Mason, with Beulah Woodard, right, and Harriet Fritzhand, second from right. Mason was born in Georgia in 1818, where her parents were slaves. She escaped slavery by moving to Missouri, at the time a "free" state. She later settled in Los Angeles with her three daughters, where she eventually became one of the wealthiest landowners in the city. Mason used her wealth to establish a day nursery for poor children and orphans and to open grocery store accounts for needy families.
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