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Black Film: Solomon Sir Jones Films, 1924-1928 courtesy of @BeineckeLibrary @yale #blackfilms #repost #sirsolomonjones #blackart #blackminds beinecke.library.yale.edu

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Solomon Sir Jones Films, 1924-1928
The Solomon Sir Jones films consist of 29 silent black and white films documenting African-American communities in Oklahoma from 1924 to 1928.

link: https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/collections/highlights/solomon-sir-jones-films-1924-1928

Solomon Sir Jones (1869-1936)
Solomon Sir Jones, Baptist minister, businessman, and amateur filmmaker. Jones was born in Tennessee to parents who had once been enslaved. He grew up in the South before moving to Oklahoma in 1889. Jones became an influential Baptist minister, building and pastoring fifteen churches. He was head of the Boyd Faction of Negro Baptists in America and was a successful businessman.

Description of the Papers
The Solomon Sir Jones films consist of 29 silent black and white films documenting African-American communities in Oklahoma from 1924 to 1928. The films measure 12,800 feet (355 min). All films are B-wind positive prints, except one roll that contains approximately 150 feet of orange base B-wind positive.

Jones filmed Oklahoma residents in their homes; during their social, school and church activities; in the businesses they owned; and performing various jobs. The films document several Oklahoma communities, including Muskogee, Okmulgee, Tulsa, Wewoka, Bristow and Taft. The films also document Jones’s trips to Indiana, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, New York City, South Carolina, Colorado, and overseas to France, England, Palestine, Switzerland, Italy, Northern Africa, and Germany. Slates between scenes identify locations, dates, and subjects.

Jones frequently filmed at various locations by positioning himself outside a building while people exited the building in a line. This perspective provides footage of people as they walk by the camera, usually looking directly at it. Footage of churches includes congregants exiting the service and socializing outside; footage of schools often includes students playing outside or doing exercises; and footage of people at their home includes them outside on their porches or in their yards. Aside from church and scheduled school activities, people presumably exited at Jones’s request for the purpose of being filmed by him.

Solomon Sir Jones films, 1924-1928
Start a film by clicking the caption title or the still image in the viewer. When a film begins to play, a “chapter list” consisting of Reverend Jones’s slate titles will appear to the right of the viewer. The list includes the time at which chapters begin. If you slide your cursor over the image a control panel appears which will allow you to advance the film to any chapter.

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