As guests began to arrive at California Hall for the New Year’s Day Ball, dozens of police officers appeared in the street with kleig lights and cameras. Police officers periodically entered the hall on the pretense of making an inspection. In the face of such harassment, many persons undoubtedly turned back from approaching California Hall. However, more than 500 persons–including a number of clergymen and their wives–ignored or endured this attempted persecution and entered the dance.
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Photo of Police Raid Published in Citizens News, with Description: “Officer Toomey in white trenchcoat outside hall. The women in background were in police party.”
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Photo by Chuck Lewis; published in Citizens News, vol. 4, no. 7, published by Strait and Associates.
Repository: GLBT Historical Society