Jones, S. S., Rev., 1869-1936
- Existence: 1869 - 1936
Solomon Sir Jones, Baptist minister, businessman, and filmmaker best known for his collection of 29 silent black-and-white films documenting African American communities in Oklahoma. Jones was born in Tennessee to formerly enslaved parents and grew up in the South before moving to Oklahoma in 1889. Jones became an influential Baptist minister, building and pastoring fifteen churches.
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Call Number: WA MSS S-2636
Overview: The Solomon Sir Jones films consist of 29 silent black and white films documenting African-American communities in Oklahoma from 1924 to 1928. 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,...