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All About Alice at the Tenderloin Museum

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In 1913, a sex worker living in San Francisco's Tenderloin District and working in the famed Barbary Coast shared her memoirs of a life in and out of the profession with readers of the San Francisco Bulletin in serialized installments called "A Voice from the Underworld." “Alice Smith” aimed to shatter the misconceptions and stigmas that surrounded sex work, and her memoir inspired over 100 other sex workers to write into the paper with their stories, as well as one of the first sex workers' rights protests in U.S. history: a march on Reverend Paul Smith's Tenderloin Methodist Church in 1917. Join Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus, editors of the California Historical Society's Award winning book, Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute, as they discuss Alice's life in the context of anti-vice vigilantism and feminist resistance in the TL.

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Earlier Event: May 5
National Steinbeck Festival
Later Event: March 3
San Francisco History Days 2019