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Picketing at Lincoln Theater [Washington, D.C. : photoprint], [1940?]

Photographers:
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)
Printmaker:
Scurlock, Robert S [Saunders] 1917-1994
Subject:
Lincoln Theatre Washington (D.C.)
Physical description:
Silver gelatin on resin-coated paper, 8" 10", unmounted
1 item
Culture:
African Americans Washington (D.C.)
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
U Street, N.W. (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
1940
1940-1950
Notes:
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.
Summary:
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."
Cite as:
Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Picketing
Civil rights
Civil rights demonstrations
Demonstrations
African Americans
Local number:
2001-103 (OIPP scan no.)
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Black-and-white photoprints (Series 1), Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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