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Prostitution and Power: The Madams of San Antonio’s Red-Light District, 1877-1920

March 5 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for the sequel to our most popular program of all time! Dr. Jessica Webb will examine San Antonio’s red-light district, one of the largest west of the Mississippi, and the women who lived and worked there from the 1870s to the 1920s. Specifically, it will focus on the madams, the women who ran the brothels, and the influence they wielded in the city of San Antonio. Webb will also detail the power they had in the political sphere, the economic sphere, and in their own social sphere.

Jessica Webb works as a Program Coordinator for semester study abroad programs in the Center for International Studies at Texas Christian University. She received her Master’s and PhD in History from Texas Christian University. She wrote her dissertation on the red-light districts of Fort Worth and San Antonio at the turn-of-the-century. Her interest in Texas history stems from being born and raised here, and she hopes to continue researching and telling the stories of the Lone Star State.

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March 5
10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Fort Worth Library
500 W. Third St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102-7305 United States
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