Virginia

On October 3, 1933, 63% of voters in Virginia voted to repeal Prohibition. That vote was ratified on October 25th. The stories below give a picture of what Prohibition was like in Virginia.

  • According to a newspaper article published the following year, 169 people were killed by alcohol in 1927.

  • A Virginian resident wrote a letter to the editor of The Washington Post about how readily available alcohol was in his home state. He claimed to “have found the moonshiners and importers a very humane and reliable lot.”

  • In 1930, two Virginia prohibition officers turned themselves in after shooting a man during a raid on a still. The article speculated whether they would be charged with murder or manslaughter.


Sources:

169 Killed by Alcohol In Virginia Last Year, The Washington Post (1877-1954); Oct 17, 1928; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Washington Post (1877 - 1991), pg. 22


Agents Surrender In Liquor Slaying, Special to The Washington Post. The Washington Post (1877-1954); May 6, 1930; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Washington Post (1877 - 1991), pg. 22

Virginia Corn and Rye., JOHN C. ROGERS North Garden, Va., Aug. 8, The Washington Post (1877-1954); Aug 10, 1928; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Washington Post (1877 - 1991), pg. 6