History: The Blackstone Rangers were founded in the Woodlawn neighborhood on Chicago's Southside in around 1962. The organization is said to been founded by Jeff "Chief Malik" Fort and Eugene "Chief Bull" Hairston. The name "Blackstone" was derived from the street where they were founded on East 64th Street and South Blackstone Avenue. The moniker was later transformed to symbolize the "Black Stone" of the Koran in the Islamic religion. In the mid 1960's Jeff Fort and Eugene Hairston formed an alliance between 21 seperate street leaders and organizations that became known as "The Main 21". The Main 21 was an effort enforced by Jeff Fort and Eugene Hairston to form one solid organization among these allied groups in what would become the Black P. Stone Rangers Nation. The Black Stones grew at a rapid pace on Chicago's Southside. The Black P. Stone Rangers were the first Chicago organization to establish chapters outside Illinois, setting up satellites in Gary, Indiana, St.Louis, Missouri, and Cleveland, Ohio by 1967. Through-out the 1960's the Black Stones were considered Chicago's most famous gang. In about 1968, Eugene Hairston was incarcerated leaving Jeff Fort as the sole leader of the organization. At this time Jeff Fort became more politically involved in the city and the Rangers were able to secure federal funds as a "community organization". In the early 1970's Eugene Hairston returned to the streets and retained his position as Chief Bull. However, soon after his release there was said to be a large meeting that took place among members of the organization. Jeff Fort revealed his decision to take over sole leadership of the organization. This decision caused a drift in the organization for reasons that today are still questionable. Members of the organization were said to been given a choice; one was to be under the leadership of Chief Malik and the other was to be under the leadership of Chief Bull. Many older members of the organization vowed to reside with Chief Bull, while others and most of the younger generation of Black Stones vowed to stay with Chief Malik. Although, the organization seemed to be experiencing what some would see as a "split", the Black Stones continued to grow on the streets. Eugene Hairston however was said to be extremely angered at the decisions made by Jeff Fort. Shortly after the split Eugene Hairston was rumored to become addicted to drugs. Eugene Hairston was suspected of sending some of his soldiers to try and kill Jeff Fort on few occasions, but were unsuccessful. In about 1973-74, Jeff Fort was incarcerated for the misuse of federal funds and sentenced to serve time in a federal prison.