The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) in downtown Portland now features an exhibit of the fiercely independent doctor, political radical, and lesbian Marie Equi. Titled Marie Equi’s Portland the display is presented “in honor of the new book by Michael Helquist, Marie Equi: Radical Politics & Outlaw Passions. Curated by Geoff Wexler, the director of the Davies Family Research Library at OHS, the display offers photos and text on the main floor by the lobby desk and on the 4th floor in the library.
Images of the buildings where Equi lived and worked in the early decades of the 20th century are part of the exhibit, including the Oregonian Building, the Elton Court, and the Hill Hotel on Lucretia Place. Copies of the federal government’s surveillance reports about Equi can be viewed as well as newspaper reports of her protests and arrests.
OHS hosted the Portland launch of the new Marie Equi biography in September of this year. The Davies Family Research Library holds the largest collection of source material and memorabilia related to Equi’s life and times.
Marie Equi’s Portland will remain available for viewing until the end of this year. Visitors can purchase signed copies of the Equi biography at the OHS Museum Store next to the lobby.
Thanks very much to OHS and to Geoff Wexler for this featured display.
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