By the year 1920, approximately 300,000 Black folks migrated to the North (Isabel Wilkerson talks about their experiences at length in her book The Warmth of Other Suns). Many sought to escape racial terrorism, and the negative impact of natural disasters on farming in the South while others like the veterans of World War I […]
The movie begins with a dramatic scene. Dick Mason, an old Black prospector, lies on his death bed. His ridiculously light-skinned granddaughter and only surviving heir clinging to him, begging him to live on. Alas, old Dick meets his maker and poor, lonely Eve Mason (Iris Hall) leave Selmas, Alabama for Oristown, Missouri to claim the land her granddaddy left for her.
I watched three of Ebony Film Corporation’s projects that came after their staff change: A Black Sherlock Holmes (1918), A Reckless Rover (1918), and Mercy, the Mummy Mumbled (1918). Each one starred Sam (Samuel) Robinson, an actor who was born in 1888 in Richmond, Virginia and died in Chicago in 1971 just 7 days shy of his 83rd birthday.