Morgan Deuces

Founded Founded c. 1959 by Teddy Mcgee in or near Near West Side
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Colors Grey and White
Primary ethnicities Latino (Mexican)
Symbols Playing Card and Spade
Symbol usage

Playing card with 2 of spades

Status Extinct

With the recent release of the book Compliments of ChicagoHoodz: Chicago Street Gang Art & Culture it has brought me a great understanding of how the Morgan Deuces came to be.  I will now rewrite this Morgan Deuce history using some of the book as a reference because it totally makes sense what was said in the book and Jinx has credible resources to back in up.

The Morgan Deuces came to be in the year 1959 in the Near West Side neighborhood at the intersection of Taylor Street and Morgan Street.  The founder was Teddy Mcgee who was said to have been a former member of the Latin Counts.  The Latin Counts started in 1955 under a different name but by very early 1959 they now went by the name “Latin Counts” in Pilsen effective that year.  I don’t know how Teddy Mcgee ended up being a Count from 18th Street in Pilsen and that same year he started his own gang in a different neighborhood on the Near West Side, but somehow this is the story.  Within no time the Morgan Deuces were located in Pilsen as well, perhaps the same year of 1959 they landed at 16th to 18th and Morgan in Pilsen and became best known for frequenting those streets.

The Morgan Deuces clashed with Ambrose as Ambrose formed one block away in the same Near West Side neighborhood at Taylor and Halsted.  Both Ambrose and Morgan Deuces migrated to Pilsen at the same time in circa 1960 and this kept their rivalry going strong.  Deuces also became bitter enemies of the Satan Disciples and the Rampants along 18th Street.  The Deuces did establish a solid ally and that was the Spartans who also migrated from the Near West Side community as well.

 

Tony Gonzales 1961

The Morgan Deuces made headline news on in April 1961.  On Tuesday April 11, 1961 Chicago Police had identified a young 18 year gang member named Tony “Crazy Tony” Gonzales (pictured) who was going around robbing stores and people like crazy as he carried a .22 caliber pistol and another hand gun.  On April 6, 1961 Gonzales killed a man during a robbery.  Gonzales was on trial into May of 1962 when he was caught carrying a knife while on trial, what he was doing with the knife, I do not know but my guess is he was saving it for a jail break situation or to attack the judge (Chicago Tribune May 29, 1962, P 15).

By the mid-1960s construction at the University of Chicago Illinois campus pushed many people in Little Italy out of this section of the Near West side, therefore, the Morgan Deuces lost their territory at Taylor and Morgan, however, they only became stronger in Pilsen and were a major force to be reckoned with on those streets.

In the late 1960s, many Morgan Deuce gang members joined the military and served in the Vietnam War but many young members took their place keeping the organization going.

The later 1960s and early 1970s were perhaps the peak years of the Morgan Deuces where they were at their strongest but as the 1970s progressed the Deuces became smaller in numbers as many older members ended up serving jail time or slipped into retirement.  The Morgan Deuces had also divided themselves into factions, one such group was the “Cullerton Deuces” that opened in the Marshall Square neighborhood at Cullerton and Washtenaw down to 21st and Washtenaw in the mid-1970s.

By the early 1980s, the Deuces had left all of Pilsen behind and were now only located at Cullerton Street in Marshall Square.  Young kids in the neighborhood joined the Morgan Deuces in the early 1980s and were known as “Pee Wee Cullerton Deuces,” by the time they grew older in the mid-1980s they decided they no longer wanted to be known as Morgan Deuces and took the name “Cullerton Deuce” as their own, this is when the Morgan Deuces officially went extinct.  The Morgan Deuces let it happen because they wanted to retire anyway.