Picketing at Lincoln Theater [Washington, D.C. : photoprint], [1940?]
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)
Scurlock, Robert S [Saunders] 1917-1994
Lincoln Theatre Washington (D.C.)
Silver gelatin on resin-coated paper, 8" 10", unmounted
African Americans Washington (D.C.)
U Street, N.W. (Washington, D.C.)
Glossy single--weight paper. Identification on verso, incl. studio stamp. Stored in box no. 81.
From Flickr caption online: D.C. Pickets 'Gone With the Wind' Opening: 1940. Pickets outside of the Lincoln Theater at 1215 U Street NW on March 9, 1940 at the opening of the film "Gone With the Wind." The protest, organized by the D.C. chapter of the National Negro Congress, slammed the portrayal of African Americans as passive and loyal to slaveholders. Protests occurred nationwide at openings of the film in major cities. The pickets provoked controversy because Hattie McDaniel's role was one of the largest roles in major Hollywood production at that time and her performance was viewed by a number of critics as groundbreaking. Protesters likened the film to "Birth of a Nation," an early film that broke new ground in cinema and was praised by critics while glorifying the Ku Klux Klan.
The movie being picketed is "Gone with the Wind." Several figures carry signs with messages such as "A dollar and ten 'gone...with the wind". Print is on resin-coated paper, so is probably a much later restrike print by Robert Scurlock. See also records for the original negative for this print and other prints, all of which contain the subject heading "Gone with the wind."
Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History