EDWARD M. PHILLIPS


Edward Phillips was one of the leading Black racketeers in the 1930s in Camden NJ. When arrested in a May 1935 raid at 634 Sycamore Street, he was alleged to control an illegal enterprise with over $1,000,000 in annual revenue. His rackets were profitable enough for Phillips to have obtained a home at 1454 Kaighn Avenue in the upscale Parkside neighborhood. 

After serving a two to five year sentence in state prison, Edward Phillips returned to Camden. He was working as an exterminator when he died after accidentally inhaling fumes from the pesticide he was using, on August 21, 1942.

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Camden Courier-Post * August 22, 1942




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