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Distributed by:
Bourgeois-Jenkins Pictures, American, active 1940s  Search this
Subject of:
Spencer Williams, American, 1893-1969  Search this
ink on paper (fiber product)
H x W (image): 39 × 25 1/8 in. (99 × 63.8 cm)
H x W (sheet): 41 1/16 × 27 3/16 in. (104.3 × 69 cm)
Place used:
United States, North and Central America
A poster for the film Brother Martin Servant of Jesus depicting a crucifix in the top half and two scenes from the movie in the bottom half. Positioned on the right-hand side of the sheet, the cross is portrayed as brown wood with a white statue-like Christ figure. It is set against a yellow and black background. in the top left-hand corner is text that reads [(John) Jenkins & (O.K.) Bourgeois / present]. To the right and below the crucifix is text in large letters that reads [BROTHER / MARTIN / SERVANT OF / JESUS / featuring / SPENCER WILLIAMS / and a great supporting cast]. To the right is black text on a highlighted light background that reads [FULL LENGTH FEATURE / THE STORY OF A NEGRO / WHO LOVED GOD]. Below the text are two color scenes; on the right is a scene of a doctor and nurse bending over a patient lying in bed. In the left-hand scene is a seated man turning towards a standing little girl. The man wears a light-colored shirt and dark pants, and the little girl wears a plaid jumper over a white blouse. At the bottom left corner in black text against a pink background is [HEAR - the celebrated "NOBODY KNOWS / THE TROUBLE / I'VE SEEN"]. At the very bottom left corner is [Country of Origin U.S.A.] and in the bottom right is [34141].
African American  Search this
Film  Search this
Race films  Search this
Religion  Search this
Spirituals (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Taking the Stage
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 054
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture