Stephanie “Queenie” St. Clair, Queen Of The Harlem Racket

Stephanie St. ClairStephanie St. Clair, 1886 – 1969, was a bookmaker in Harlem. Madam St. Clair was born of mixed French and African descent on Martinique.

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Harlem’s Eunice Roberta Hunton Carter, Harlem, NY 1899 – 1970

Eunice Carter iin harlemEunice Roberta Hunton Carter, 1899 – 1970, broke down racial and gender barriers. She was one of New York’s first African-American woman lawyers, and served as one of the first district attorneys of color in the United States. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Ellsworth Raymond “Bumpy” Johnson

640px-BumpyJohnsonAlcatrazPrisonCroppedEllsworth Raymond Johnson (October 31, 1905 – July 7, 1968) — known as “Bumpy” Johnson — was an American mob boss and bookmaker in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Mayme Hatcher Johnson (audio)

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Mayme Hatcher Johnson was born in North Carolina, 1915. In 1948, Mrs. Johnson married Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson, portrayed in American Gangster, the 2007 film that focused on another Harlem underworld figure, Frank Lucas.

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