#SanFrancisco Unveils “Frida Kahlo Way,” Renaming Phelan Avenue

A street in San Francisco now bears the name of renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, who lived in the city in the early 1930s with her husband, the muralist Diego Rivera. (@KQEDnews)
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Former U.S. senator and San Francisco Mayor James D. Phelan — whose father the street was named after — supported the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the Immigration Act of 1924.

The street — formerly Phelan Avenue — was named after James Phelan, an Irish immigrant who amassed his fortune in the city during the Gold Rush. But it's the politics of Phelan's son — former United States senator and San Francisco Mayor James D. Phelan — that inspired the name change.

During his time in office as mayor from 1897 to 1902, James D. Phelan supported the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. After leaving the Senate in 1921, he remained active in anti-immigrant movements and supported the Immigration Act of 1924. He also ran a campaign to “Keep California White.”

Source: NPR, article

 

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