TAMU Law Answers Webinar Series

A Visit to "Hell's Half Acre" Where the Law School Sits in Downtown Fort Worth 

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Friday, August 28, 12 Noon

Speaker: Brendan Smart

Moderator: Alumni Board President Dana Zachry ’11
Attorney, Katten & Benson

"A Visit To Hell's Half Acre" will tell the story of Fort Worth's most legendary and controversial district, a thriving and tenacious assortment of bordellos, saloons, and gaming parlors, serving up the delights of cowboys, railroaders, gamblers, thieves, and ordinary citizens--and generally outraging the religiously fervent and the reform minded. The stories and characters of the Acre are memorable, entertaining, illuminating and sometimes tragic-- and we believe still relevant, still part of the fabric of our public life. The profits, struggles and compromises of the Acre shaped the character of Fort Worth, and it is therefore fitting that the Texas A&M School of Law should be situated in this historic district where human nature and emerging institutions--of society and of the law--met each other in high tension. 

About Brendan:

Brendan Smart is a librarian, museum educator, and history guide with several years of experience taking folks on walking and bus tours of Fort Worth, with tours highlighting the history of downtown and the cultural district. Brendan has lived/worked/studied all over the world--in Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, China, India, Saudi Arabia and the UK--and is deeply passionate about global and local histories, and of sharing these histories to enrich a community's awareness of itself, of its own unique heritage. 

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