John Acropolis

John "Little Caesar" Acropolis (1909 – August 26, 1952) was an American labor leader.[1] He served as president of Local 456 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Westchester County, NY from 1946 until his death.


Acropolis was orphaned at age three and raised in a series of charitable institutions. He attended Colgate University where he played on the basketball team.

Acropolis became interested in union issues while working as a truck driver during summer break from college. He joined Local 456 and was first elected as a union officer in the early 1940s.


After becoming president of Local 456, Acropolis challenged the Genovese crime family over its control of certain garbage carting contracts in the suburbs of New York City. He expanded the size of his local to more than 2,000 members. Acropolis was killed in 1952 by an unknown assailant who fired two bullets into his head. The case has not been solved.[2]

In October, 2008, the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the Yonkers, New York Police Department, demanding access to the department's file on the investigation into the death of Acropolis. The City of Yonkers said it would fight the lawsuit, claiming that because the investigation was still technically active, the case file was not subject to Freedom of Information laws.

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  1. ^ Jacobs, James B. (May 2007). Mobsters, Unions, and Feds: The Mafia and the American Labor Movement. NYU Press. p. 107. ISBN 9780814742945. John Acropolis shot dead.
  2. ^ "History: Murdered Union Leader Buried in Hastings". Rivertowns Daily Voice. 2013-03-20. Retrieved 2019-09-11.

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