Ellsworth Raymond “Bumpy” Johnson (October 31, 1905 – July 7, 1968) was an African-American mob boss and bookmaker in Harlem neighborhood. The main Harlem associate of the Genovese crime family, Johnson’s criminal career has inspired films and television. Continue reading
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Stephanie St. Clair (1886 – 1969) was a bookmaker in Harlem. Madam St. Clair was born of mixed French and African descent on Martinique.
She immigrated to the United States via Marseilles in 1912 and ten years later took $10,000 of her own money and set up a numbers bank in Harlem.
Born Dec. 7, 1876, in Christiansted, Holstein of mixed African and Danish descent in St. Croix, Danish West Indies — whose birth name was Egbert Joseph — immigrated to Harlem in 1884 with his mother and went to high school in Brooklyn. His father was a landed person of color who was in turn the son of a Danish officer in the Danish West Indies Colonial militia. Attending high school in Brooklyn, he enlisted in the United States Navy following his graduation. During World War I, he was able to revisit his birthplace while stationed in what had become the United States Virgin Islands. Continue reading
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Tagged Bolita King, Bumpy Johnson, Dixie Davis, Dutch Schultz, Egbert Joseph, Former 'Policy King' in Harlem Dies Broke, Harlem "numbers rackets", Madame St. Clair, Memorial Baptist Church, Peter H. Matthews, Stephanie St. Clair, United Negro Improvement Association