Alabama voted to repeal Prohibition on July 18, 1933, by a margin of nearly 60%. That vote was ratified on August 8th of that same year. Prohibition era Alabama was characterized by lawlessness and rampant bootlegging, as illustrated by the stories below.

  • A 1920 article in The Atlanta Constitution cataloged the large number of stills confiscated in various southern states. Alabama had more seizures than any of the other states listed, with a whopping 184 stills taken.

  • In 1921 “[a] plot to exterminate the entire force of prohibition officers operating in northern Alabama” was discovered after the death of one officer and the wounding of two others. Eleven men were arrested.


Seen and Heard in Passing JAMES A HOLLOMON The Atlanta Constitution (1881-2001); May 4, 1920; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Atlanta Constitution (1868 – 1939) pg. 8

WETS" IN MURDER PLOT Boston Daily Globe (1872-1922); Jan 26, 1921; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Boston Globe (1872 – 1924) pg. 4