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Stones Out East: Chicago’s East Side

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Almighty Black P Stones Nation

and the other East Side Chicago Gangs

The home of the Black P Stones, from State to Lake, the saying that refers to the East Side of Chicago, meaning the boundaries of the East Side expand from State Street to Lake Michigan while consisting of a bulk of the Chicago neighborhoods.

On the East Side of Chicago is numerous of gangs like the Gangster Disciples, Four Corner Hustlers and more, but the most infamous and the gang that has the richest history is the Almighty Black P. Stone Nation.

While the Black P Stones dominated the South Side, especially MoeTown of Sherman Park, 83rd Street with Foster Park and 8-Tray Stones, 87th Street from DuckTown to FinTown, and 95th Street home to Nateville and Princeton Park, the East Side Chicago is still the mecca of ABPSN.

On the corner of 67th and Blackstone was the birthplace for the Blackstone Rangers in the Woodlawn neighborhood as Jeff Fort and Eugene Bull Hairston spearheaded the movement that begun as a small gang and expanded throughout the East Side and the South Side.

The original gangs of Chicago were of Italian, Irish, and European descent, but as early as the mid-1900s black gangs had some sort of presence in the community as they were established for protection against other ethnicities or for financial advances.

The Black P Stones started as neighborhood youths who were identified as the Blackstone Rangers, named after a street in the Chicago East Side neighborhood of Woodlawn, quickly became of age and advance in the knowledge of streets, which would help grow the movement. 

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The birthplace of the Black P. Stones, originally known as the Blackstone Rangers.

What begun during the 1960s quickly expanded from South Blackstone Avenue as the movement was so powerful that Los Angeles gangs would eventually adopt the nation, which became of the Black P. Stones Jungles and Black P. Stones City in South Central L.A.

The Almighty Black P. Stone Nation, P is for peace, was structured and had a foundation similar to the religion of Islam, which led to the brief up rise of the El Rukns as during the nation’s early days there was strict rules that had to be followed, with the main leaders being known as the Main 21.

Outside of Jeff Fort and Bull Hairston, one of the Main 21 leaders was Mickey Cogwell who had a brief stint as a prominent leader of the Black P. Stone Nation but conflicts within eventually would lead to his death.

Mickey Cogwell’s followers would branch off the Cobra Stones from the ABPSN and create their own gang by the name of the Mickey Cobras, who had territory in many of the city’s housing projects like Cabrini Green, Dearborn Homes and Robert Taylor Homes.

Currently, the Mickey Cobras are much smaller in size after the destruction of the city’s housing projects and have a very small presence in the streets of Chicago other than areas like Princeton Avenue, from 43rd to 53rd Street, or 51st Street between King Drive and Cottage Grove.

Even though their main rivals throughout the years were the Disciples, Gangster Disciples or Devil Disciples who begun around 53rd and Woodlawn and later transform to the Black Disciples, the main adversaries of the ABPSN were inner conflicts and the federal government.

Troubles with the federal government initially came after the government’s efforts to fight poverty loaned inner city communities and organizations across the country thousands of dollars, the Stones were one of those organizations but instead used the funds for their own personal use, according to the government.

What would eventually lead Jeff Fort into to prison was his involvement of working with the Libyans of northern Africa, in which he was accused to be inspired to commit terrorist acts that sent many to federal prison and destroyed the structure of the Black P. Stone Nation.

With the death and incarcerations of key members, a new generation of the Almighty Black P. Stone Nation took control beginning during the late 1980s and continuing thru the 2000s as the Blackstone Rangers and El Rukn days were over.

Branches of the Black P Stones like the Titanic Stones, Maniac Stones, or No Limit Stones had established ‘hoods throughout the city as the lost of true leadership led to isolation among the different Stone sets, especially after the arrival of crack cocaine.

Today’s Stones and Surrounding East Side Chicago Gangs

By the 1960s and 1970s, Chicago’s African-American population had already established homes as far as 67th Street and began to move further into the East Side, in areas such as South Shore and Chatham.

Within the 1990s the city’s black community on the East Side expanded as far as 95th Street’s Jeffery Manor, making the East Side predominantly African-American other than the few Latino neighborhoods.

Today’s Black P. Stones are a shell of the original Black P. Stone Nation as this era has very little similarities to the days between the 1960s and the 1990s, as incarceration and other society complications that impact neighborhood youths affected the movement.

Despite the difference in the generations of the Black P. Stone Nation, the still is a large presence of Stones scattered all throughout the city, but none are as big as the ‘hoods and sets of the East Side Chicago gangs.

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Dro City of the Woodlawn neighborhood

The Woodlawn neighborhood still has but years of battling the Folk Nation, Gangsta Disciples and Black Disciples, has led to the city’s Disciple gangs to dominate the birthplace of the Blackstone Rangers who transformed into the Black P Stones.

Neighborhoods like Dro City Chicago, which was once called Murder Town, or 63rd Street between King Drive and Cottage Grove, home to Jaro City and TookaVille, are large strongholds of Gangster Disciples in the Woodlawn community.

As Gangster Disciples cover the most territory in Woodlawn, Black Disciples hold the reign as the O Block and Wic City community within the large Parkway Gardens is one of Chicago’s most reputable neighborhoods.

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Parkway Gardens of King Drive, aka O Block and Wic City

Despite the existence of the Gangster Disciples and Black Disciples, the Moes, an alias for Black P. Stones, have held their own in the area with the likes of Cranktown around 62nd and Kimbark,  Chieftown off 61st, or StonySpot.

The East Side’s most notorious neighborhood of the Black P Stones is a South Shore community that goes by the name of Terror Town, a very active area that expands from 74th and Phillips to 79th Essex.

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The Terror Town neighborhood of South Shore

As South Shore has many law-abiding citizens and middle-class homes, the Terror Town neighborhood, along with Paxtown Gangster Disciples and the numerous 4 Corner Hustler ‘hoods, have become the sole reasons for South Shore’s dangerous reputation.

Even though Terror Town is strictly home to the Black P Stones Nation, there are many separate factions of the ABPSN that have caused inner wars and neighborhoods disputes as some have unaligned themselves with the nation and have become renegades.

On the corner of Jeffery and 87th is an area that is not very active but is also one of the largest ABPSN neighborhoods in the city, Outlaw City, a Chicago East Side neighborhood that has been around for a few generations.

The Pocket Town neighborhood.

From Pocket Town to Lon City to Jeffery Manor, the Chicago East Side may not have the reputation of the South Side and the notoriety of the West Side, but it still has some of Chicago’s most reputable neighborhoods.

The Moes, an alias of Black P Stones, of today are less structured and less aligned to the original leaders of the Almighty Black P. Stone Nation as the new generation have become an afterthought of what the original mission of Jeff Fort truly was.

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*Note: All information is provided either through people of the community, outside sources, and/or research. Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.