Rochester Hills Public Library

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For Immediate Release                                                                                                                

April 4, 2019






Explore the Dark Underbelly of 1930s Detroit at the Rochester Hills Public Library


(ROCHESTER HILLS- April 4, 2019) Author Tom Stanton will be at the Rochester Hills Public Library on Thursday, April 18 to discuss the true story behind his book Terror in the City of Champions. In his presentation he will paint a picture of Detroit in the 1930s when we celebrated incredible athletic success, and feared the brutal crimes of the secret terrorist organization, the Black Legion.

In the mid-1930s, Detroit reigned as the City of Champions. Within six months, we had one a World Series, NFL title, and Stanley Cup, a major sports trifecta achieved by no other city before or since. But all the while, bodies were dumped along the roadside, mysterious bombings occurred, and assassinations were plotted. The Black Legion flourished in Detroit until one murder led to its unraveling.

“For so long the Black Legion was spreading unchecked. Police were baffled by the various crimes committed by the terrorist organization across the city. But, at the same time, there was a cause for major celebration in Detroit with the success of our sports teams and the astronomical rise of local undefeated boxer Joe Louis,” said Stanton.  “My book tells for the first time, these intersecting stories of the rise and fall of the Black Legion, as well as the magnificent athletic ascension of Detroit.”

“The story of Terror in the City of Champions is an incredibly riveting tale, and we’re excited to have Tom Stanton at the RHPL to discuss the true events in his book. We know that our patrons love to learn about Michigan’s history, and this presentation is truly a fascinating look into Detroit in the 1930s,” said Amanda Harrison Keighley.

The program is April 18 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room and is open to everyone with an RHPL library card. This program is geared toward adults but all ages are welcome. Please register in advance at



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