Evening Sessions: Bathtub Gin and Rum Running: Prohibition in Detroit and Michigan

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The Evening Sessions

The Evening Sessions is a monthly adult program series featuring a fun and engaging mix of presentations, lectures, workshops, demonstrations, author visits, and performances on topics covering the arts, culture, history, science, and more!

Bathtub Gin and Rum Running:  Prohibition in Detroit and Michigan

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 January 1920 and thrived for the next 14 years. Corruption reached highs that were never seen before and a criminal gang called the Purple Gang took over the liquor trade. The Purpleā€™s were so strong they could tell Al Capone to stay out of Michigan, and he did!  

Join us on Zoom for this virtual program!  It will also be live streamed in the Kantzler Community Room at the Alice & Jack Wirt Library for anyone to drop in to view.

Rum Rumming


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