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Odessa Madre<br>Queen of Washington
Photographer: Allen C. Browne
Taken: June 1, 2013
Caption: Odessa Madre
Queen of Washington's Underworld

Additional Description:
Odessa Madre with an unknown man at the time of her 1952 arrest.
“She had started at age 17, first swearing off men and calling herself a ‘black widow,’ then spinning a web of jill joints, bawdy houses and numbers banks that eventually passed for ‘organized crime,’ albeit in a down-home sort of way. She became the self-described queen of Washington's underworld. ” — Courtland Milloy, The Washington Post, September 28, 1980.
Close-up of photo on marker

Submitted: July 15, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Database Locator Identification Number: p315513
File Size: 1.359 Megabytes


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