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Virginia Anti-Saloon League

AE Curator Jul 16
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Alcohol prohibition begin in Virginia well before 1920. At Second Baptist Church in 1901, the Anti-Saloon League of Virginia was established. Led by James Cannon, the league, and the Virginia Women’s Christian Temperance Union, worked through political and legal methods to advocate for temperance. Successful in their efforts, by 1909 saloons were illegal in 86 of the state’s 100 counties. In 1916 a statewide prohibition on the manufacture and sales of intoxicating beverages went into effect.

Location: Richmond
Image: Virginia Museum of History and Culture

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