One hundred years ago, America entered into what would become known as the Prohibition Era. It officially began at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, 1920 and lasted until 1933.

Franklin County would gain notoriety during this period in history. The county’s legacy and long-established moniker, “Moonshine Capital of the World,” was an outcome of the Prohibition Era.

The Franklin County Public Library, in collaboration with the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum, Westlake Cinema and Franklin County Tourism, has arranged for public screenings of the PBS/Ken Burns and Lynn Novick three-part PBS film series “Prohibition.” The series “...tells the story of the rise, rule and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.”

Each part of the film will be shown at different locations across the county. All screenings, which will be shown from 1 to 3 p.m., are free and open to the public. The first screening will be preceded by a kickoff announcement for the Centennial of Prohibition, as well as preliminary plans for the 2020 Franklin County Moonshine Heritage Month in April.

The first of the three-part film series titled “A Nation of Drunkards” will be Jan. 16 at the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum at Ferrum College. The second part, “A Nation of Scofflaws,” will be shown Jan. 23 at the Franklin County Public Library in Rocky Mount. The final, “A Nation of Hypocrites,” will be shown Jan. 30 at Westlake Cinema.

For information about the films, contact Christine Arena at 483-3098, ext. 2441 or

For more about the centennial or moonshine programs, contact David Rotenizer at 483-3030 or