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Event date: 9/16/2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Export event
"Bath Tub Gin and Rum Running:  Prohibition in Detroit and Michigan" presented by the Livonia Historical Society

"Bath Tub Gin and Rum Running: Prohibition in Detroit and Michigan" presented by the Livonia Historical Society

Joseph Oldenburg will present his program "Bath Tub Gin and Rum Running:  Prohibition in Detroit and Michigan" at the Livonia Historical Society meeting on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 from 2 - 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend! The event will take place at the Alexander Blue House, 20501 Newburgh Road. Membership information will be available at the meeting. 

For more information, please call (248) 477-7375.

The New York Times labeled Detroit the “Rum Capitol of the Nation” during Prohibition.  Rum running, smuggling, illegal stills, and blind pigs sprang up within hours of the start of Prohibition in 1920 and thrived for the next 14 years. Corruption reached high points that were never seen before and a criminal gang called the Purple Gang took over.  The Purples were so strong they could tell Al Capone to stay out of Michigan, and he did!   
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