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Rev. S.S. Jones Home Movies: Reel 5

@ National Museum of African American History and Culture


Rev. Solomon Sir Jones was a Baptist minister, businessman, and amateur filmmaker. This collection of home movies by Jones documents African American communities in Oklahoma between 1924 and 1928, depicting residents at work and in their homes, as well as activities at local schools, businesses, and churches. Community social events such as parades and funerals are prominently featured.A 16mm silent, black and white film (a) with original plastic film reel (b) and original plastic film can (c) featuring footage taken in Oklahoma during the middle and late 1920s by Solomon Sir Jones, the fourth in a collection of nine films.Inscribed on the outside of the canister in is [#] in red ink and [5] in black ink. A handwritten inscription on a white adhesive label reads: [Okmulgee, Okla - Wealthy Black Fam / Oil well / Farm].The film begins with a man and a woman walking up the front porch of a house. The next scene shows the exterior of a house, probably the same one shown at the beginning of the film. The next shows men and women walking out of the door of a building, probably a church, and down the stairs. Many of the men and women are wearing hats. Two men stand on either side of the doorway while the people walk by. This footage continues for about four minutes. A title sign with Deacon and Mrs. M. C. Brown's First Farm Home appears in the next scene, and then the footage shows the Browns and...
16mm Film (A): Acetate Film;Film Reel (B): Plastic;Film Can (C): Plastic
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Naomi Long Madgett
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