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The Oscar for Best Forgotten Film Pioneer Goes to this Black Director | Atlas Obscura

Who was the most prolific African American filmmaker of the silent film era? That’s a question that undoubtedly has some asking, “were there any?” Absolutely. The Jim Crow era’s effect on filmmaking is rarely discussed outside of film history circles, leaving one of its most prominent figures, Oscar Micheaux, largely forgotten.

Oscar Micheaux was a pioneer in almost every aspect of film, but before that he was a determined boy from southern Illinois. Born in Metropolis, Illinois, in 1883, Micheaux was the first generation of his family born free in America. The importance of property ownership and education was instilled in him during childhood.

After a stint as a Pullman porter in Chicago, where he saved a great deal of money, Micheaux moved to…

Source: The Oscar for Best Forgotten Film Pioneer Goes to this Black Director | Atlas Obscura

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