Raise a Glass: The Repeal of Prohibition
December 1, 2022- February 9, 2023
For thirteen years, the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibited the manufacture, sale, and distribution of “intoxicating liquors” on American soil. This was an incredibly dark time in American history, wrought with illegal bootlegging enterprises, a rise in organized crime, and detrimental illnesses brought on by low quality hooch, some of which proved to be fatal.
In 1933, shortly after the start of the Great Depression, Congress sought a solution to the national crisis Prohibition caused. They proposed the 21st Amendment, which would repeal the statutes created by the 18th. On December 5, 1933, the amendment was ratified with a final signature from the state of Utah and the prohibition of alcohol came to an end.
Celebrate Repeal Day with us and view Prohibition-era artifacts including:
Alcatraz East hosts temporary exhibits, in partnership with outside organizations, related to crime and law enforcement topics.