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Museum presents life of equal rights pioneer

Tahoe Daily Tribune

In celebration of Black History Month the public is invited to hear the story of Alice Smith, one of the founders of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, during a free Chautauqua presentation by Juanita Westbrook at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City.

Smith’s personal experience with racism in Reno motivated her to fight for change. Her husband, a World War I veteran, died after being denied admittance to a hospital because of his race. From that day forward, Smith was a tireless advocate for equal rights. Her achievements in the early 1940s, ’50s and ’60s were important to the advancement of civil rights in Nevada.

This program is funded by the Nevada Humanities Committee, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and by the Bretzlaff Foundation History Projects Fund. There is no charge for admission.

The Nevada State Museum is one of seven managed by the state Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information call Bob Harmon at (775) 687-8323 or visit the department’s Web site at