Meet Georgia's Version of Elliot Ness in Claire Hertzler's book
Saturday - March 16
11am to 2pm
The Southern Pen Bookshop
(located inside the Monroe Mercantile)
Georgia was knee deep in moonshine during prohibition. It flowed as freely as the mountain streams of North Georgia. But, the capital for moonshine was located in Greene County. A rural county east of Atlanta. It supplied Atlanta with the fiery white liquid that whetted the taste for alcohol and line the pockets of those on the wrong side of prohibition and a few that were suppose to be upholding the law.
All of this changed with a young sheriff named L.L. Wyatt. Claire Hertler's book, The High Sheriff of Greene County tells both the myth and the legend of this one man's efforts to clean-up Greene County despite the threats and dangers against him.
Hops at the History Center - Mayor Emerita Elizabeth Wilson and Author Claire Underwood Hertzler
Brought on in 1925 in Greene County, Georgia, police officer L.L. Wyatt was given the task to bring down the moonshine capitol of Georgia. Through his determination and fearlessness, Wyatt was credited with tearing apart the bootlegging enterprise and cleaning up the streets of east Atlanta. For over 50 years, L.L. Wyatt never stopped in his quest for enforcing the law and treating the citizens of Greene County with the utmost respect, and this sheer determination earned him legendary status throughout his time as a police officer and sheriff.
Please join us as we tune into a frank conversation with Claire Underwood Hertzler and Decatur’s Mayor Emerita Mary Elizabeth Wilson as they discuss growing up in Greene County under Sheriff Wyatt’s rule, including topics about race, law enforcement, and positive ways in which rural life can speak to today’s culture.