\" \" Junkyardsparkle/Wikimedia /HowStuffWorks As a slave, Biddy Mason trekked 1,600 miles on foot across the U.S. while herding livestock and nursing a baby. For the rest of her life, she was known as Biddy Mason. \" A shot of Biddy Mason Park in Los Angeles on Spring Street. As she grew older, she became lovingly known as \"Auntie Biddy\" or \"Grandma Mason\" throughout Los Angeles. \"If you hold your hand closed, nothing good can come in,\" Biddy Mason famously said.