When 19-year-old Alice Mitchell jumped from a carriage and slit the throat of 17-year-old Freda Ward one fateful day in 1892, a rampant fascination over the drama soon followed. Alice loved Freda and killed her accordingly –to the crazed confusion of nearly everyone in Memphis, Tennessee and beyond. In the first half of our pride series, we’ll go over the sapphic story of their relationship, how it functioned in the American South during the Victorian era and how it unraveled to the point of tragedy.
Coe, Alexis. Alice + Freda Forever . Lerner Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.