21st Amendment

On this day, 80 years ago, the United States Constitution was amended, basically reversing an amendment passed by Congress a decade and a half earlier.  The 21st Amendment lifted the ban on alcohol.  The City of Charlottesville had been under an especially long drought with local officials banning sales of alcohol more than a decade before it was outlawed nationwide.

getStaticImage-27Perhaps nowhere in C’ville was the lifting of Prohibition more welcome than on the Grounds at UVA where most of the students had never seen legal alcohol in their lifetime. This photo, taken by Ralph Holsinger, shows a beer delivery truck at the West Range of the Academical Village sometime in the early years following the 21st Amendment.  Students have been celebrating the occasion almost daily ever since.

Photograph by Ralph Holsinger, courtesy Special Collections, UVA Library

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