Galveston's Maceo Family Empire
At the dawn of thetwentieth century, Galveston was a beacon of opportunity on the Texas GulfCoast. Dubbed the “Wall Street of the Southwest,” its laissez-faire reputationcalled those hungry for success to its shores. Led by brothers Salvatore andRosario at the height of Prohibition, the Maceo family answered that call andchanged the Oleander City forever. They built an island empire of gambling,smuggling and prostitution that lasted three decades. Housed in theirnightclubs frequented by stars like Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and DukeEllington, they endeared themselves to their Galveston neighbors by sharingtheir profits, imitating crime syndicates in their native Sicily. Thoughcertainly no saints, the Maceos helped bring prosperity to a community weary froma century of turmoil. Discover the history of Galveston’s famous crime familywith authors Nicole Boatman, Dr. Scott Belshaw and Texas historian RichardMcCaslin.
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