Looking (and Looking Again) at Black Film History

Noble Johnson (left rear), Jimmie Smith, and Beulah Hall in "The Trooper of Troop K"

it was that glimpse of Noble Johnson that led us to conclude the “By Right of Birth” fragment contains within it a fifteen second clip from another film called “The Trooper of Troop K” (1916), making it the earliest surviving footage produced by a Black film company. This is the story of how I made that discovery with Ally’s help, and how it requires a rewriting of Black film historiography.

Read more and watch the video at the Library of Congress site.

<span class='p-author h-card'>K. Sis. Nicole T.N. Lasher</span>

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