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Moonshine: The Rebellious & The Respectable

Moonshine: The Rebellious & The Respectable

Saturday, January 18, 2020
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Temperance and Bootlegging: A Nation Under Prohibition

Join the Museum of the Albemarle on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 10am until 3pm for the public opening of new exhibit Temperance and Bootlegging: A Nation Under Prohibition. Beginning at 10:30am, Daniel S. Pierce will discuss his book, Tar Heel Lightnin': How Secret Stills and Fast Cars Made North Carolina the Moonshine Capital of the World. Mr. Pierce's book covers from the late 19th century well into the 1960s when North Carolina boasted some of the nation's most restrictive laws on alcohol production and sale. From the state's earliest days through Prohibition to the present, Pierce shows that moonshine crossed race and economic lines, linking men and women, the rebellious and the respectable, the oppressed and the merely opportunistic. As Pierce recounts, even churchgoing types might run shipments of "that good ol' mountain dew" when hard times came and there was no social safety net to break the fall.

At 11:00am, Elizabeth City's own Dickie Sanders will portray Alvin Sawyer. Mr. Sawyer was known as the Moonshine King, a colorful personality in area lore. 

Temperance and Bootlegging: A Nation Under Prohibition will show information discussing the federal law's effects on northeastern North Carolina and artifacts including moonshine stills, a temperance medal, and wine and whiskey bottles. A 1957 black 210 Series Chevrolet will be highlighted for a few short months during the exhibit's run.

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Museum of the Albemarle
501 South Water Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Contact Information
(252) 335-1453

Admission: Free Admission

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