Late 40's / Early civil rights group picket / "Jim Crow" showing of "Gone with the Wind" / at the uptown Lincoln Theater. Rufus Byars / mgr. of Lincoln on left. [Caption on verso] [2 paper photoprints,] 1947 [more likely 1940]
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)
Scurlock, Robert S [Saunders] 1917-1994
Lincoln Theatre Washington (D.C.)
Silver gelatin on paper, approx. 8 x 10", unmounted
African Americans Washington (D.C.)
1947 more likely 1940
The movie being picketed is "Gone with the Wind." The dating of 1947 seems erroneous. The film played at the Lincoln Theater in 1940, and the protest picketing which occurred was covered in a number of newspapers. 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, ca. 1970s.
Complete caption quoted above in ink on verso of print A. Print B is marked "Picketing at Lincoln Theater / late 40s". Note: see also records for the original negative for these prints, as well as additional 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