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Encyclopedia of Rumrunners and Speakeasies: Freeport During Prohibition: J

John Barleycorn

John Barleycorn was the symbolic proxy for alcohol's evils.  In 1921, the Freeport Elks held a "funeral" for an effigy of John Barleycorn.  The funeral cortege included a 112 year old hearse, replete with electric lights, that was paraded throughout the village.


“John Barleycorn to Ride in Hearse in Freeport Tonight,” Daily Review of Nassau County, March 10, 1921, accessed October 27, 2015,

Okrent, Daniel. Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, New York: Scribner 2010.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, October 10, 2021.