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BOOK: Remembering a Mother Whose Gambling Operation Was a Very Successful Secret

The filmmaker and novelist Bridgett M. Davis remembers her mother as a proud, confident woman who was also meticulously private, because she had to be. By the time Fannie Drumwright Davis Robinson died in 1992, she had been running an underground numbers gambling operation out of her Detroit home for more than 30 years, collecting her customers’ bets on three-digit numbers and paying out if they won.

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