Needs a date
Needs a location
I don't know if this has been done before, but...
I'd really like to get someone who knows the history of the Gang and more about how they were viewed by the average man on the street. Our family tells apocryphal stories about how my dad and uncle were treated with great respect by local shopkeepers because they were mistaken for gang members back in the day (the 30's).
I'm not going to suggest a date or location yet, because I'm hoping an historian might be able to chime in with something relevant. where did they hand out? Are any of their hangouts appropriate now? I'm hoping we can find a place closer than Clare.
Checkout Café D'Mongo's. It's only open on Fridays and Saturdays. Better make it early because it gets packed. And if you've ever spoken with Larry, you know that he can tell you stories about the old Detroit gangs and the mob. They have a flow chart up on the wall of the old Purple gang members. D'Mongo's is a real Detroit gem.
As for where they used to hang out, the Leyland Hotel is still around, although City Club probably wouldn't be the place for this meetup, lol.
1 · November 15
From 1943-1951, my father, George Sadowski, served 1st District U.S.Congressman, which at that time covered Detroit from the Points through Hamtramck. He hated the Purple Gang, which was operating in his district, and wanted Hoover to send in the F.B.I to help. Unbeknownst to my dad, the F.B. I. at Joe McCarthy's request, was following HIM, as a suspected Communist sympathizer since my father was support by "known" Red organizations like the Detroit Federation of Teachers. I'm still trying to find that heavily expurgated paperwork that (then) Cong. Dan Rostenkowski (yes, THAT Dan Rostenkowski) sent me years ago. Whatever did I do with it???
1 · October 27
There are rumors in my family that my great uncle was deported back to Canada due to being in the Purple Gang. No luck garnering information, though... the very fact that my grandfather's family was Jewish was in itself a deep dark secret. Thank goodness that was one of my building blocks to my atheism (and freedom!).
1 · October 27
I read they were an utterly incompetent gang. On another note, you might want to send random emails to local synagogues and ask if they have historians who would know about the Purple Gang (I saw a great historian at a local synagogue years ago but I can't remember his name - I think it was at Beth Ahm)
0 · October 26
Hello! Always looking for a new experience and this group seems to offer exactly that.
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Hi. I'm Todd and interested in Detroit history
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