Permit 12718, Queen Street Pharmacy

Permit 12718, Queen Street Pharmacy

29 December 1921

This permit was issued by the Virginia General Assembly to the Queen Street Pharmacy, allowing them to have 3 gallons of medicinal-use whiskey delivered to their location in Norfolk, Virginia. The wine was purchased from Mattingly & Moore in Bardstown, KY. During Prohibition, all medicines containing significant quantities of alcohol required a permit. After a long reform movement for temperance, the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibited the manufacture, sale, or transportation of alcohol in 1920. Prohibition ended with the 21st Amendment in 1933, during the Great Depression. Queen Street was renamed Brambleton Avenue in the mid-20th century, and almost all of the historic buildings in the African American area were lost.