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Created by:
Unidentified  Search this
Owned by:
Pearl Bowser, American, born 1931  Search this
Subject of:
Norman Malachy, American  Search this
R. Jess Brown, American, 1913 - 1990  Search this
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909  Search this
Al Garrett, American, died 1959  Search this
Mack Charles Parker, American, 1936 - 1959  Search this
Medium:
acetate film
Dimensions:
Duration: 11 Minutes
Length (Film): 400 Feet
Type:
black-and-white films (visual works)
16mm (photographic film size)
Place filmed:
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
May 26, 1959
Caption:
This 16mm silent, black and white film features footage from a NAACP protest rally at the Siloam Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn. The main speaker is Norman Malachy, and he recalls the events surrounding the Mack Charles Parker lynching that happened on April 25, 1959, near Poplarville, Mississippi. Mack Charles Parker was kidnapped while he was in jail on charges that he raped a white woman on February 24, 1959.
Description:
This 16mm black and white film (a) was shot at a NAACP protest rally at the Siloam Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn. The main speaker is Norman Malachy, and he recalls the events surrounding the Mack Charles Parker lynching that happened on April 25, 1959, near Poplarville, Mississippi. Mack Charles Parker was kidnapped while he was in jail on charges that he raped a white woman on February 24, 1959. When Malachy finishes speaking, R. Jess Brown asks him follow up questions at the podium. Brown appears later in the film and speaks about the murder of Al Garrett by a police officer in the Gates Ave. Police Station in Brooklyn on April 17, 1959. An unidentified minister also briefly speaks at the podium.
The film begins with Malachy recounting the police questioning him about the events on the night of February 24, 1959, when he was riding in the same car as Parker. He recalls this story for over six minutes, and then Brown approaches the podium and asks Malachy some direct questions about how long Malachy knew Parker, as well as some follow up questions about answers he provided to the police. This exchange goes on for about 2 minutes. For most of the final minute, Brown talks about the murder of Al Garrett. While there is sound for much of the film, there are some moments when there is no sound, and other moments when the film cuts in and out abruptly. A minister begins to introduce a speaker following the exchange between Malachy and Brown. The film jumps ahead to Brown approaching the podium to speak about Al Garrett. The film cuts out while Brown is speaking.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Justice  Search this
Lynching  Search this
U.S. History, 1953-1961  Search this
Violence  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Pearl Bowser
Object number:
2012.79.1.103.1a
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Pearl Bowser Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5fda50c16-fb19-4a21-86fe-a057d76956fe
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2012.79.1.103.1a