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Meet Biddy Mason at the County Museum

Meet Biddy Mason at the San Bernardino County Museum on Sunday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m. in a Chautauqua-type performance by Sandra Kamusikiri. Museum admission is free on this Sunday, and there is no charge for “Meet Biddy Mason.”

An African American woman prominent in the early urban history of Los Angeles, Biddy Mason's story exemplifies how Californians struggled with issues of slavery in the 1850s. Arriving in San Bernardino as a slave in 1851, she later won her freedom and became a midwife and nurse, a philanthropist, and an organizer of the First African American Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles.

Dr. Sandra Kamusikiri is Associate Vice President for Assessment and Planning and Dean of Graduate Studies. at California State University, San Bernardino, where she has taught courses in African American literature and language, British Literature and Romantic Prose and Poetry. She earned her M.A. at the University of Iowa and both her B.A. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author of numerous articles and reviews, and is co-editor of the Modern Language Association's Writing Assessment: Politics, Policies, and Practice. She is currently working on a book on the African heritage of the slave narratives. As part of a traveling Chautauqua funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Dr. Kamusikiri has appeared throughout the United States.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays and holiday Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free on the first Sunday of each month. Parking is free. For more information, visit

The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669 ext. 229 or (TDD) 909-792-1462.


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