Prohibition anniversary program to be held Jan. 16

ProhibitionThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will recognize the 100th anniversary of the start of Prohibition with a special program – Ring in the Roaring Twenties – on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 5 p.m.
The program will begin with 1920s-themed music, snacks and “mocktails.” Following refreshments, a staff member will discuss Prohibition – what it was, how it came to be and its impact on southern New Jersey.
Also, lawyer Frank Ferry author of “Nucky: The Real Story of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Boss” — will talk about former Atlantic City boss Enoch “Nucky” Johnson, one of his former clients. Ferry will also detail Nucky’s role in Prohibition in Atlantic City.
The National Prohibition Act – also known as the Volstead Act – was a U.S. law that took effect Jan. 17, 1920. It provided enforcement for the 18th Amendment, prohibiting the production, sale and transport of “intoxicating liquors.” The Volstead Act is named after Minnesota Rep. Andrew Volstead, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who had championed the bill and prohibition.
The program is free. Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3075, for more information.