Odessa’s Reign: The Queen of Washington, D.C.’s Underworld

Odessa’s Reign: The Queen of Washington, D.C.’s Underworld

Date: June 22, 2022
Time: 7-8 p.m.
Cost: Free for Members or with Museum Admission

Odessa Madre built an empire in the 1930s selling liquor by the shot, managing multiple brothels and running a lucrative gambling operation. She became one of the most powerful women in Washington D.C.’s history all while keeping the police in her back pocket. Filmmaker Robin Hamilton brings to life the fascinating story of a woman who challenged the idea of what a mobster should look and sound like.

This program includes a special screening of Hamilton’s 25-minute Odessa Madre documentary.


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