Where the Conservative Vice Lords Started

The Conservative Vice Lords, like the Blackstone Rangers and other African American gangs, got together first in St. Charles reformatory. A group of guys came back home to Lawndale, fought with other local groups, and formed a club: The Conservative Vice Lords. The story of the CVLs is told by David Dawley in his A Nation of Lords: The Autobiography of the Vice Lords. (1992. Waveland Press. Prospect Heights, IL) By 1970s, the CVLs had become one of Chicago's largest gangs, or street organizations.