Prohibition Exhibit at the Library of Virginia

An exhibit at the Library of Virginia tells the story of Prohibition in Virginia. Titled “Teetotalers and Moonshiners,” the exhibit traces the prohibition movement from its start in Virginia in 1914 (6 years before national prohibition began in 1920) to its end. As in all states, implementing the new federal laws proved impossible, in part because so little money was allocated for enforcement. “Having only fifteen inspectors in this state, it is impossible for us to give prompt attention to the hundreds of complaints that come to the office,” wrote Harry B. Smith, Director of Prohibition in Richmond. He didn’t mention that their low pay made it easy for law-breakers to bribe them to look the other way. 

It’s a good exhibit! It runs through December 5, so you have plenty of time to drop in and see it. And there is free parking in the underground garage below the Library. 

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Published in: on May 14, 2017 at 6:27 am  Leave a Comment  

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