Plague at the Golden Gate
The Chinese Six Companies
On May 28, 1900, San Francisco policemen formed a perimeter around Chinatown, and set about building an eight-foot high wall around the district using cement blocks and barbed wire. Officials diagnosed bubonic plague in the neighborhood and wanted to quarantine the nearly 20,000 residents. As tensions flared, an influential group of merchants known as the Chinese Six Companies sprang into action.
Dr. Joseph Kinyoun was a leader in the diagnosis and prevention of infectious diseases.
The war against rats helped end the bubonic plague outbreak in San Francisco.
In 1901, Rupert Blue launched a health campaign that ended a deadly bubonic plague.
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Ng Poon Chew was a writer, a publisher and an advocate for Chinese American civil rights.
Word spreads of a bubonic plague outbreak in San Francisco’s Chinatown.