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Acclaimed Author To Speak About The Mafia’s Role In The Stonewall Uprising

Duxbury Historical Society

June 19, 2024 at 10:30:00 PM

The Duxbury Historical Society is presenting acclaimed historical crime writer Alex Hortis, author of The Mob and the City: The Hidden History of How the Mafia Captured New York, on June 19th at 6:30 PM at the Waterbury Congregational Church (8 North Main St, Waterbury, VT). Hortis will be speaking about “THE MOB & STONEWALL: Unraveling the Mafia’s Influence in the 1969 Uprising.” The Burlington-based musical duo, The Champlain Shoregasm, will perform at 6:00 pm to welcome attendees. The event which recognizes Pride Month is free to the public, with donations welcome. Donations benefit the Duxbury Historical Society which is restoring and preserving two historic buildings that will be used as a community meeting house and archives. Ticket reservations are recommended and are available online at duxburyvt.com.

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. However, this time the community fought back, igniting several nights of protest on the streets. The rebellion was a turning point in the fight for LGBTQ rights and gave rise to modern-day Pride parades and festivals. Yet, amidst the well-known narrative lies a lesser-discussed chapter: the historical role of The Mafia, which happened to own the Stonewall Inn.

Hortis will delve into the intricate web of relationships, revealing how The Mafia unintentionally played a part in sparking the renowned Stonewall uprising. He will explore the collision of the LGBTQ community, The Mafia, and law enforcement during this pivotal moment. He will also explain how the The Mafia’s alcohol cartel influenced the riots. The talk will include a question & answer period.

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. His full biography can be found online at https://alexhortis.com/about-the-author.

The event is sponsored by The Alchemist, Moose Meadow Lodge, Revitalizing Waterbury and other generous businesses and individuals.

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