"Temperance and Bootlegging: A Nation Under Prohibition" will discuss the federal law's effects on northeastern NC. A 1957 black 210 Series Chevrolet will be highlighted for a few short months during the exhibit's display.

Join the Museum of the Albemarle January 18, 2020 from 10am until 3pm for the public opening of "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.

Image courtesy of the Museum of the Albemarle: liquor still raid, 1930.


Museum of the Albemarle

501 South Water St.
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

(252) 335-1453

Updated December 7, 2019