LAS VEGAS (January 2023) – The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, in partnership with the Harrison House, announces a Black History Month program, “A Night at the Moulin Rouge: Celebrating the Iconic Las Vegas Resort Through Memories and Music,” to be held Thursday, Feb. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Museum Courtroom.
A rousing and dynamic musical tribute, this program will be reminiscent of a night in the Moulin Rouge lounge. The tribute will be emceed by actor, director and producer Allen Craig Harris and feature performances by local singers, including Paris Red and Leon Gilliam, musicians including Ken Seifert on bass, Greg Brown on drums and Woody Woods on piano. Also performing will be tap dancer Ivery Wheeler.
The program will also feature a panel discussion moderated by The Mob Museum’s Director of Public Programs Shakala Alvaranga. On the panel, speakers will include Anna Bailey, the first Black woman to work as a dancer on the Las Vegas Strip, and Katherine Duncan, a leading force in developing business opportunities as the founder and president of the Las Vegas Ward 5 Chamber of Commerce. Duncan also serves as the vice president of community development at the Harrison House Las Vegas. In addition, Manny Davis, adopted son of the late Sammy Davis Jr. and head of the Sammy Davis Jr. estate, will reflect on his father’s career, life and experiences in Las Vegas.
As the first racially integrated resort in Las Vegas, the Moulin Rouge was the talk of the town when it opened in 1955. It was a national sensation as well, with its dancers gracing the cover of Life magazine. Beyond the stage, the Moulin Rouge was a catalyst for civil rights reform in Las Vegas. The resort’s vibrant spirit still lingers almost 70 years later. In recognition of Black History Month, The Mob Museum and Harrison House will revisit the hotel’s shining moments and social influence in a multifaceted program featuring storytelling, music and dance.
Tickets for this special Black History Month program are $55 and can be purchased online at TheMobMuseum.org/events.
This event and pop-up display of historic Moulin Rouge memorabilia that will be on view throughout the evening is sponsored by The Stephen Lackey Philanthropic Trust.
For more information, please call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org.
ABOUT HARRISON HOUSE
Preserving the past and protecting the future. The Harrison House is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the preservation and sharing of African American history in Las Vegas and the promotion of neighborhood improvement for economic development. Harrison House strives to become the first LEED historic home in Nevada and is supported in part by a grant from the Nevada Commission for Cultural Centers and Historic Preservation and the City of Las Vegas.
ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, provides a world-class journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Numerous interactive exhibits include a Crime Lab, Firearm Training Simulator and Organized Crime Today exhibit. The Museum is also home to The Underground, a Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy and distillery. The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums;” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History” and “Best Museum” by its 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards; one of National Geographic’s “Top 10 Things to Do in Las Vegas;” USA Today’s “Best Museum in Nevada,” 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards for “Best Las Vegas Attraction” in 2021, “Top Five Best History Museums in the United States” in 2021 and one of its “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits;” named “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times and one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by FOX News. The Museum is a two-time winner of the Mayor’s Urban Design Award for Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for admission rates and operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734, visit themobmuseum.org, or download the Museum’s free mobile app.