The Purple Gang

6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Highland Township Public Library
Community Room - Lower Level

Event Details

The Gang began as a group of Jewish boys who grew up getting into trouble on Hastings (currently I-75 south of the Edsel Ford Freeway) in Detroit in the 1910s and by the beginning of Prohibition, in 1920, were well known to Detroit Police. By the mid 1920s they had taken over the majority of blind pigs and illegal liquor production plus rum running in Detroit. Numbering less that 100, the Gang terrorized Detroit in the 1920s and were strong enough they could tell Al Capone to stay out of Michigan and he did!  

Event Type(s): Adult
Age Group(s): Adult
Presenter: Joseph Oldenburg
Cathy B.

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