All about Alice

Saturday Jun 09 2018   4:00 PM
Tenderloin Museum  398 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA  map

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 Tenderloin.
This event is part of the Tenderloin Museum’s Third Anniversary Celebration; more info here.

Devon Angus is an artist, activist, and historian based in San Francisco. He composed and performed a conceptual folk operetta based on San Francisco history, The Ghosts of Barbary, throughout the Bay Area, Switzerland, and Italy. He organized and published a series of oral histories of immigrants in the Catskills region, and was the recipient of an arts grant through the New York State Council on the Arts for his show Songs and Stories of Old New York. Angus is currently pursuing a history M.A. at San Francisco State University.

Ivy Anderson is a San Francisco–based writer who focuses on issues of ecology and radical history. Her reportage on water management issues was published in Water Efficiency Magazine and and her poetry in Poecology. She holds a B.A. in environmental studies with a minor in geography, runs a community garden, and is on the board of a bookstore collective in San Francisco.