Cholera came to Birmingham in 1873 and hit the new town hard. By the end of the summer, over half of its citizens had fled the city. Only the sick, the physicians caring for them, and the prostitutes stayed behind. This Alabama Short Stories episode tells the story of one of those prostitutes that stayed behind, Louise Wooster. Not only did their service in nursing the sick and burying the dead help at the moment, but their service helped save a city on the verge of tremendous growth.

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