Silent film focused on African American families, life in Minneapolis kicks off 5-part event

The first “Before The Mayflowers Landed” series screening event set for November 18 at the Minnesota History Center.

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SAINT PAUL— Starting on Nov. 18, the Minnesota Historical Society, The Frances E. Thompson Digital Library for Family Research, and Cynthcarm Communications will be hosting a series of five powerful films and community discussion events.

This unique showcase of Twin Cities-related stories is specifically designed to engage with the African American community. All ages are invited to attend this exclusive series themed “Before the Mayflowers Landed.” 

To kick off this dynamic series, guests are invited to the Minnesota History Center for a free film screening experience as Independent Journalist Ralph L. Crowder III shares “The Lost Negroes of North America,” a silent film experience featuring extremely unique 8mm film footage captured in South Minneapolis between 1944 – 1955. During this decade following World War II, African Americans made significant accomplishments in their collective wealth that gave birth to many overlooked contributions in education, family, cultural and social institutions, business, and home ownership.

This free film will be accompanied by a live band, DJ, poets, and a music soundtrack performed by Kevin Washington, Truth Maze, and Jamela Pettiford. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear directly from the film’s creator at a panel discussion following the screening. 

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