Even after the ability to legally drink, moonshine has always maintained its popularity. In 1951, that would turn deadly. A white Gainesville bootlegger named John “Fat” Hardy supplied a large order to a Black neighborhood for the weekend. What no one knew was that he replaced ethanol with methanol. Within hours, Grady hospital’s emergency room was packed. Thirty eight people died, four blinded and some paralyzed. Over 400 people total were affected.

This week’s mini episode is about that tragedy and how it changed illegal liquor in the city.

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