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THE MOB & STONEWALL: Unraveling the Mafia’s Influence in the 1969 Uprising

June 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Donations benefit the Duxbury Historical Society.

THE MOB & STONEWALL: Unraveling the Mafia’s Influence in the 1969 Uprising
The Stonewall Uprising stands as a pivotal moment in history—a fierce response by the LGBTQ community to relentless police raids. On June 28, 1969, the New York City Police descended upon the Stonewall Inn, a beloved gathering spot for LGBTQ individuals. But this time, the community fought back, igniting several nights of protest on the streets. Yet, amidst the well-known narrative lies a lesser-discussed chapter: the historical role of The Mafia, which happened to own the Stonewall Inn.
Join us on June 19, 2024, during Pride Month, for an enlightening conversation with Alex Hortis, acclaimed author of “The Mob and The City.” Hortis will delve into the intricate web of relationships, revealing how The Mafia unintentionally played a part in sparking the renowned Stonewall Uprising.

Event Details:
Title: THE MOB & STONEWALL: Unraveling the Mafia’s Influence in the 1969 Uprising
Date & Time: June 19, 2024, at 6:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Venue: Waterbury Congregational Church, 8 North Main Street, Waterbury, Vermont

Explore the collision of the LGBTQ community, The Mafia, and law enforcement during this pivotal moment.
Discover the unexpected ways The Mafia’s alcohol cartel influenced the riots.
Learn about Vermont’s connections to The Mafia
Engage in an eye-opening Q&A session with Alex Hortis.
Special Musical Guests: Arrive early to enjoy captivating melodies by The Champlain Shoregasm.

Support a Cause:
While entry is complimentary, generous donations are welcome to benefit the Duxbury Historical Society, which is actively restoring and preserving its iconic buildings.

Sponsored By: Moose Meadow Lodge, The Alchemist, Old Stagecoach Inn, and other generous donors.

About Alex Hortis
Alex Hortis is a constitutional lawyer and historian of crime. He has appeared on national television as an on-screen personality for AMC’s The Making of the Mob (2015), Hortis has been interviewed on NPR stations across the country and for true crime podcasts. He has also been a featured speaker at the New York Public Library, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and the Mob Museum in Las Vegas.
Hortis’s first book, The Mob and the City: The Hidden History of How the Mafia Captured New York (Prometheus, 2014), was praised by Jerry Capeci, the dean of mob reporters, who wrote: “If there’s a better book on the early history of Cosa Nostra in America, I haven’t seen it.”
Malcolm Gladwell quoted Hortis’s book in “The Crooked Ladder: The criminal’s guide to upward mobility” New Yorker, Aug. 3, 2014. The New York Post also featured Hortis’s groundbreaking work on the Mafia’s control of gay bars, in “How NYC’s gay bars thrived because of the mob,” New York Post, May 3, 2014.

Hortis is a former federal law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review. His writings have appeared in New York University Law
Review, New York Law School Review, and in book anthologies on crime.

Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Donations benefit the Duxbury Historical Society.


Duxbury Historical Society
(802) 244-5378
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Waterbury Congragational Church
Route 100
Waterbury, VT
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