Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Chambers, Annie

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Object Type: 
Pamphlets

Report published by the Kansas City Society for Suppression of Commercialized Vice describing the actions of the society to combat local vice and to stay "the invidious and deathly march of human lechery and moral degeneracy in our midst." The group participated in the formation of the Injunction and Abatement bill through which "houses of prostitution are defined as nuisances," in taking action against Annie Chambers' "immoral resort," and in fighting "the allied evils of the liquor and drug habits" with the help of of local police and judges.

Object Type: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Judgment and Order Allowing Appeal by Clerk W. H. Harper for Case No. 24023: State of Missouri ex rel. Cameron L. Orr, Prosecuting Attorney of Jackson County, Missouri, Respondent, vs. Leannah Kearns, Alias Annie Chambers, Appellant. The judgment finds Chambers guilty of maintaining a house of prostitution at the southwest corner of 3rd Street and Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, Missouri. The judgment prohibits Chambers or her associates from ever operating this premise as a brothel and closes the building for a period of two months.

Object Type: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Court Opinion by Commissioner James D. Lindsay for Case No. 24023: State of Missouri ex rel. Cameron L. Orr, Prosecuting Attorney of Jackson County, Missouri, Respondent, vs. Leannah Kearns, Alias Annie Chambers, Appellant.

Author: 
Jason Roe
Kansas City Public Library

On March 24, 1935, Annie Chambers, a former prostitute and Kansas City brothel owner, passed away at the age of 92. By the time of her death, Chambers's own life had roughly paralleled Kansas City's untamed years of the late 19th century, which were followed by extensive modernization and reform efforts in the early 20th century.