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The Italian Squad: Battling The Black Hand

April 9 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The Black Hand terrorized the Italian immigrant community in pre-Prohibition New York. These mysterious extortionists demanded money or else they would blow up a business or kidnap a child. When people did not pay, the Black Hand often followed through on its threats. New York Police formed the Italian Squad, a team of Italian detectives, to go after the Black Hand. Paul Moses, author ofย  “The Italian Squad: The True Story of the Immigrant Cops Who Fought the Rise of the Mafia,” will tell the triumphant and tragic story of the Italian Squad and its inspiring first leader, Lt. Joseph Petrosino. The program is free to museum members or with paid museum admission, which is $19.95 for Nevada residents. A book signing will follow.

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