Rev. Solomon Sir Jones was a Baptist minister, businessman, and amateur filmmaker. This collection of home movies by Jones documents African American communities in Oklahoma between 1924 and 1928, depicting residents at work and in their homes, as well as activities at local schools, businesses, and churches. Community social events such as parades and funerals are prominently featured.
A 16mm silent, black and white film (a) with original metal Kodascope film reel (b) and original plastic film can (c) featuring footage taken in Oklahoma during the middle and late 1920s by Solomon Sir Jones, the first in a collection of nine films.
Consists of: 16mm Film (a), Original Film Reel (b), Original Film Can (c).
2011.79.1.1a: 16mm film.
This film begins with congregants exiting down the front steps of a church and walking by the camera. They are all dressed in semi-formal attire with some wearing hats. After showing a close-up of some of the congregants, the footage shows the front of a grocery and cafe. There are children and adults standing in front of the store. A woman in a waitress uniform comes out of the store, turns in front of the camera and walks back inside. The next footage shows the front of the Douglass School, possibly in Oklahoma City. The camera pans around to show adults and children in the front of the school, parked cars, and other nearby buildings. The next scene shows children in front of a different building, possibly another school, lined up in rows with many holding books. They begin walking in formation passing in front of the camera. After showing some adults standing in front of the building, the footage then shows children playing on a playground. The next scene shows the children climbing into automobiles with long rear seating areas and driving down a hill away from the building and passing in front of the camera. The next scene shows agricultural work with scenes of men performing various tasks. They work with trucks and mechanized equipment to bag the crops and transport them. The next scene shows women and children working in a field and a man riding a plow pulled by a horse. There is footage of a family walking out of a farmhouse, probably the same family from the previous footage in the field. The next scene shows a swimming pool followed by a panning shot of a residential neighborhood with single family homes. Some of the residents walk in and out of their homes so that they can be filmed. There is footage of a man in a commercial area with a sign that reads "Yukon's Best Flour," although the footage is probably not from the town of Yukon, Oklahoma. The next shot shows the front of the Mosaic Temple of America building. There is a brief shot of a storefront window before more footage of single family homes in a residential neighborhood. There are more shots of residents on their porches, both adults and children. The footage again shows the commercial area including a billboard advertising Camel cigarettes. There is more footage of people leaving the front door of a building followed by another scene of agricultural work with a team of horses pulling a plow and men working. Following that, there is a brief shot of a man standing next to a horse and buggy. The next scene shows a man and woman outside of a house under construction that appears to be close to completion. The camera then shows more homes and a brief street scene of two men grappling for the camera.
2011.79.1.1b: Original film reel.
2011.79.1.1c: Original film can. Inscribed on the outside of the canister is, in red ink [#], followed in black ink by  / [SEE LIST]. A handwritten inscription on white adhesive label reads: [Cont'd OKC Jones 1 / SEE LIST Potatoes Wybark].
A black-and-white portrait-style photograph of Beatrice Dedman. Dedman is wearing a full-length light-colored dress. The sheer outer layer of the skirt is gathered at the proper left front and held in place with a spray of artificial or real flowers, revealing a satin under layer of the skirt. Dedman is standing next to a pedestal that is wrapped in a drape and has a small floral arrangement on top, and she has been posed in front of a scenic backdrop. Beatrice Dedman was a relation of Jesse O. Dedman, who was married to Beatrice Cloman. At the lower left corner in white is the name of the photographer, location, and date: [PHOTO BY TYLER/ DERMOTT, ARK/ 1915].
A black-and-white photograph of two young women, Beatrice Cloman and Beatrice Dedman, sitting in a grassy field. Both women are wearing light-colored dresses. Cloman is wearing glasses and a light-colored hat, and she has some flowers in her lap. Dedman is sitting cross-legged with her boots visible, and in her lap she has a hat with flowers on the brim. The women's names, and the location of the photograph, are handwritten on the right-hand side of the photograph in blue ink: [Beatrice Coleman [sic]/ Beatrice Dedman/ Dermott Ark].
A black-and-white real photograph postcard of a woman sitting in an ox cart at McLeod's Amusement Park, also known as Happy Hollow, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The woman is wearing a dress, overcoat, cloche hat, hosiery and heels. The cart is made out of logs and planks. The woman is holding the reins to the ox, although the ox appears to be chained in place and is not moving. There is a sign on the cart that reads [TRAVELING - THRU - ARK./ ON - THE - WAY - HOME.] There is a license plate on the proper left side of the wagon, above the wheel, that is partially legible. In the background is a structure overtaken by vines with some partially legible signs, including: [HOTEL - INN/ HOT SPRINGS/ HAPPY HOLLOW] and [OUR SUMMER HOME].
A black-and-white portrait-style photograph of three (3) young women. The young women are wearing light-colored dresses, and each has a corsage pinned to her bodice at upper-left. The woman in the center, Beatrice Cloman, is wearing glasses and is seated. The woman on the left is leaning towards Cloman with her hands behind her back. The woman on the right, Beatrice Dedman, also is leaning towards the center of the photograph with her hands behind her back, touching heads with the other woman. At the bottom of the photograph, the photographer's name, location, and date is printed, partially illegibly [TYLER DERMOTT ARK. 1915]. At bottom, the names of the women are hand-written in ink: [Harper Franklin [[?]]/ Coleman [sic]/ Beatrice Dedman [sic]].