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The “Girl-Man” of Milwaukee: The Lives of Cora Anderson

Cora Anderson“On May 2, 1914, two police detectives served a warrant at the Culter-Hammer Electrical Equipment factory storeroom at Tenth and Saint Paul in downtown Milwaukee. They placed Ralphero E. Kerwinero – a self-proclaimed native of Bolivia, eight year resident of Milwaukee and husband of Mamie Kerwineo – under arrest on a charge of disorderly conduct. The suspect had gentle features, dark skin,, glossy black hair, and a clean-shaven face. As he was loaded into the squad car and taken to the central station, he calmly lit a cigarette. The charge was the result of a complaint made by Mrs. Kerwineo. Her husband, she had told police, was a woman.” – Excerpt from The “Girl-Man” of Milwaukee: The Lives of Cora Anderson.

Join MCHS on Tuesday, April 30th at 7 p.m. for The “Girl-Man” of Milwaukee: The Lives of Cora Anderson, presented by Matthew J. Prigge, PhD Candidate, at UW-Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Lounge.

Between 1902 and 1914, Milwaukeean Cora Anderson lived as “Ralph Kerwineo,” the South American husband of her partner, Mamie White. But when “Kerwineo” turned his affections to another woman, White exposed her partner’s deception, kicking off a sensational week of national media attention that briefly made Cora Anderson Milwaukee’s most famous resident.

Event held at the UW-Milwaukee Student Union – Wisconsin Lounge, 2200 E. Kenwood Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202.

Presented in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of History.

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