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Date/Time
Date(s) - 05/09/2024
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm

Location
Reinsch Library Auditorium, Marymount University

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This program is free and open to the public. You can attend via Zoom or in-person. See details below on both ways to attend. This presentation will start immediately following our brief annual member meeting.

When Crandal Mackey was elected commonwealth’s attorney in 1903, he set his sights on the illegal bars, bordellos and casinos of Alexandria County. The Virginia county–now Arlington County and parts of Alexandria–was plagued by crime in the streets and corruption at City Hall. Armed with a shotgun and accompanied by an axe-wielding posse, Mackey embarked on a crusade, busting up saloons and conducting raids throughout the county. When the dust settled, Mackey had shut down an infamous racetrack in Del Ray and politicians on the take in Alexandria County’s political machine. Yet, in 1915 he mysteriously withdrew his bid for another term. Author Michael Lee Pope uncovers the little-known story of one man’s battle to rid Alexandria and Arlington of sinister vice and violent crime.

Michael Lee Pope is an award-winning journalist who lives in Old Town Alexandria. He has reported for NPR, the New York Daily News and Northern Virginia Magazine. He has a master’s degree in American Studies from Florida State University, and he is a former adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. Pope is the author of five books.

The book will be available for purchase. Visit the AHS online bookstore to purchase your copy in advance. This presentation will start immediately following our brief annual member meeting.

Attend via Zoom or In-Person

PREREGISTER FOR ZOOM ACCESS. You can attend this event on either Zoom or in-person on the Marymount University Main Campus.  This presentation will start immediately following our brief annual member meeting. If you want to attend this event virtually, please use this link to register. You can also cut and paste the following URL into your browser: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfP8zs9bBAZ_DuP7zkAZ_ETtkxdloBbInsQPQSKCsL-EANA3Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please register by Wednesday, May 8:  Zoom access information will be sent to you on the morning of the event on Thursday, May 9.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS and FREE PARKING: Attendees planning to attend the event in-person should enter the Marymount University campus at the library gate on N. 26th Street. From Glebe Road going north, take a right onto 26th Street. Pass the intersection with Yorktown Road and then enter the campus through the next gate on your left. The library is to your left as you enter the campus. Free garage parking is just past the library at the bottom of the small incline. (Handicapped parking is immediately to your right as you enter the campus.)

  • If the university has lowered the garage gates, push the button and let them know you’re here for an Arlington Historical Society event in the library. To leave, push the button and they’ll raise the gate.

This event is one of the monthly series of free public programs sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society. For more information, please email: info@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org