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Belle Brezing, Infamous Lexingtonian

Belle Brezing was an infamous brothel keeper in Lexington, Ky., and was closely connected to the centers of power in the horse industry and local politics. She received pardons from two Kentucky governors. Her famous mansion for men was known as far away as Argentina. Dr. Maryjean Wall will discuss her biography of Belle, titled Madam Belle: Sex, Money and Influence in a Southern Brothel. Dr. Wall earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of Kentucky, has taught history at UK, and is a former sportswriter who specialized in horse racing.

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