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Lady Wrestler: The Amazing, Untold Story of African-American Women in the Ring


Location: Bartos Screening Room

With director Chris Bournea in person

Produced, directed, and narrated by Chris Bournea. 2018, 82 mins. Digital projection. This feature documentary chronicles the stories of Babs Wingo, Ethel Johnson, Marva Scott, Ramona Isbell, and dozens of other African-American women who braved racism and sexism to succeed in the male-dominated world of professional wrestling during the sport’s golden age in the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. These courageous women raised families while blazing a trail for female athletes long before many of the breakthroughs of the civil rights and feminist movements.

Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online.(Members may contact [email protected] with questions regarding online reservations.)

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