Joseph Richardson Jones film
Film clips from the 1938 Parade of Progress of Colored Atlanta film.
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Date of Original
African American athletes--Georgia
African American football players--Georgia--Atlanta
African American baseball players--Georgia--Atlanta
Jones, J. Richardson (Joseph Richardson), 1900-1948
Martin, Eugene M.
Atlanta University Center
Morehouse College (Atlanta, Ga.)
Atlanta Daily World
Atlanta Black Crackers
The footage contained within this collection are film clips from Parade of Progress of Colored Atlanta film commissioned by Eugene M. Martin (1888-1969) and produced by J. Richardson Jones (c. 1901-1948).
"Eugene M. Martin, the Executive Secretary of Atlanta Life Insurance, commissioned Jones to produce a newsreel advertising the black-owned company to prospective employees and clients." In 1939, the newsreel premiered in Atlanta, Georgia.
The footage documents a variety of activities including sporting events, homecoming, golf, motorcycle racing, occupational activities, and baseball. Included in the footage is the Atlanta Black Crackers baseball team playing a game at Ponce De Leon Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Some of the footage depicts African-Americans engaged in white-collar professions such as secretaries, newspaper printers, cashiers, and bookkeepers. There is also a small section of film with audio, reporting the return of A.L. Richardson, President of the Afro-American Life Insurance Company, from the "Holy Land."
Joseph Richardson Jones film, 1938 (VIS 179), Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.
Atlanta History Center