1893-1951Oscar Micheaux, renowned leading creator of African American "race films" between 1919 and 1948, produced up to six full-length films in Roanoke between 1922 and 1925. The Strand Theatre housed the Micheaux Film Corporation from 1923 to 1925, while Micheaux lodged across the street at the Hampton Hotel, now the Dumas. Many of Roanoke's black professionals bought stock in Micheaux's corporation and five served on its board of directors including Alfred F. Brooks, who built the Strand. Famous civil rights attorney Oliver W. Hill, Sr., then a student boarding in Roanoke, had a walk-on part in one film.
|Placed By||Virginia Department of Historic Resources|
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|Date Added||Monday, May 29th, 2017 at 1:03pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 593777 N 4125857|
|Decimal Degrees||37.27458333, -79.94223333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 16.475', W 79° 56.534'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 16' 28.5" N, 79° 56' 32.04" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 109 Henry St NW, Roanoke VA 24016, US|
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