Class and race prejudice were two issues that surfaced in this story from the San Francisco Call. Many of the wealthy considered refugee camps to be hotbeds of socialism, and wanted them removed as quickly as possible from their neighborhoods. This story is also of interest because it contains one of the few references in the earthquake literature to African American victims of the disaster.
The refugees of Lafayette Square held a mass meeting last night to protest against the plan of the relief committee to remove them to the ground on Thirteenth and Fourteenth avenues, where it is proposed to build houses for them. The result of the meeting was the appointment of a committee to wait on the Park Commission and request the further use of the square.
The meeting was led by Mrs. J.W. Scott, one of the refugees of the camps who lives in
Tent 1, Section G. Mrs. Scott was well
Which ought to be the first consideration, the whims of the rich or the absolute requirements of the unfortunate? By right the poor refugees have just as much claim on the property of the city as the people in mansions. The money that is being used was subscribed by outsiders for the benefit of the deserving who were burned out and could not pay heavy rents. My advice to you all is to stick together until the insult and wrong to us have been rectified. Imagine being sent to Fourteenth avenue. One line of cars only going near there and no transferring. This means $1.20 per week for the carfare for one. Who in the present dilemma can pay it? How can men and women get to work in any reasonable time?
Rather than submit to be treated as deported beings by the self-
A committee composed of Mrs. J.W. Scott, J.W. Scott and L.H. Cooper was appointed to go before the Park Commission today and protest against their removal.
During the meeting some one in the crowd suggested that a colored man, named Rufus
Jones, a camp dweller at Lafayette Square, be added to the committee. At this suggestion
Mrs. Scott rebelled and called out no. Some one called out, Race prejudice should not to
be considered. Mrs. Scott, however, carried her way, and the committee was not