gangs like the Egyptian Cobras, Imperial Chaplains, and Clovers existed
in Lawndale perhaps back as far as the 1940s. In 1958, when Pep,
Edwin Marlon Perry, and six other guys were in the St.
Charles Illinois Youth Center they decided to build an organization.
He called the new group The Conservative Vice Lords -- conservative because the members would focus on building their gang. Pep would lead the CVL to becoming the dominant gang in Lawndale and Chicago's west side.
Bobby Gore on the Origins of the CVL