Emma Goldman, also known as Red Emma, settled in Rochester when she emmigrated from Lithuania in 1885. While here, she worked at the Garson Co. textile factory, married fellow factory worker Jacob Kersner, and read up on anarchist literature. It was during her time in Rochester that she heard German socialist Johanna Greie speak on the Haymarket Square protest, the event to which she attributed her political awakening.
Emma Goldman left Rochester in 1888 but returned frequently to deliver lectures and visit family.
The Rochester house where Emma lived with her family, above her father's furniture store, on Joseph Avenue.