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A radical enclave called Womontown

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Crysta Henthorne
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KCUR 89.3

Fed up with harassment and housing discrimination, lesbians in 1990s Kansas City dreamed of a place where they could "walk hand in hand, freely down the streets." So they created Womontown. The self-sufficient community encompassed 12 city blocks and attracted women from all over the U.S.

Read more about how 12 city blocks in Kansas City became a radical enclave by and for women from KCUR's Hannah Bailey.

A People’s History of Kansas City is hosted by Suzanne Hogan. This episode was produced by Mackenzie Martin and Hannah Bailey, mixed by Mackenzie Martin and edited by Barb Shelly.

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Every part of the present has been shaped by actions that took place in the past, but too often that context is left out. As a community storyteller taking a new look at local history, I aim to provide that context, clarity, empathy and deeper, nuanced perspectives on how the events and people in the past have shaped our community today. I want to entertain, inform, make you think, expose something new and cultivate a deeper shared human connection about how the passage of time affects us all. Reach me at hogansm@kcur.org.
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Hannah Bailey is the spring 2022 podcast intern for KCUR Studios. She has a doctorate from the University of Kansas in American Studies. You can email her at hbailey@kcur.org.
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