A Black Film Gem

September 22, 2014 4:40 PM

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or decades, the seven reels from 1913 lay unexamined in the film archives of the Museum of Modern Art.

Now, after years of research, a historic find has emerged: what MoMA curators say is the earliest surviving footage for a feature film with a black cast. It is a rare visual depiction of middle-class black characters from an era when lynchings and stereotyped black images were commonplace. What’s mo...

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