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Cornbread Mafia

Charlotte Kleier and Renetta Key Wilson with James Higdon.

Author of “The Cornbread Mafia: A Homegrown Syndicate’s Code of Silence and the Biggest Marijuana Bust in American History”, James Higdon, made a special appearance at the library to talk about his book and visit with fans.  The author reading took place this month at the Edmonson County Public Library.  

Jim Higdon is a native of Marion County, and a graduate of Centre College, Brown University, and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  Since publishing The Cornbread Mafia, he has moved to Louisville, where he works as a freelance journalist for POLITICO Magazine and The Washington Post. 

The book The Cornbread Mafia is a national bestseller about the largest homegrown marijuana syndicate in American history who were a band of Kentucky farmers descended from Prohibition-era moon shiners.  They first became known to the public in June 1989 when federal prosecutors revealed that 20 men were arrested for organizing a marijuana trafficking ring that stretched across the Midwest. 

Over 90 attended this event put on by Edmonson County Public Library and The Edmonson County Historical Society.  “We were very pleased with the turnout”, said Jeanie Munson, Librarian. 

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