The Industry of Uplift: Silent Race Film, The Lincoln Motion Picture Company, and George P. Johnson

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 10:00am to Friday, September 15, 2017 - 5:00pm

The Industry of Uplift poster

George P. Johnson worked as booking manager, producer and distributor for the Lincoln Motion Picture Company, one of the first Silent Race Film companies, from 1916 to 1923. He came into the company after the production of its first film, The Realization of a Negro’s Ambition, and was instrumental in creating a network for distribution and exhibition of this and other Lincoln pictures that followed. His brother, Noble Johnson, was a founding member of the company, and went on to a successful career as a contract studio player in Hollywood. After the company disbanded, George Johnson began what would become a lifelong mission to preserve as much of the history of the Lincoln Motion Picture Company as he could, amassing a collection of thousands of items that relate the story of race film, black storytellers, and the evolving and changing face of black life in the United States. Mr. Johnson ensured the survival of the collection by entrusting it to the UCLA Library Special Collections.

All items contained within this exhibition are drawn from:
UCLA Library Special Collections
Charles E. Young Research Library
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