Rev. S.S. Jones Home Movies: Reel 8

Directed by
Rev. Jones, S. S., American, 1869 - 1936
16mm Film (a): acetate film;
Film Reel (b): metal;
Film Can (c): metal
Duration: 10 Minutes
Length (Film): 275 Feet
16mm motion picture film of Rev. S.S. Jones Home Movies: Reel 8
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 film reel (b) and original metal film can (c) featuring footage taken in Oklahoma during the middle and late 1920s by Solomon Sir Jones, the eighth in a collection of nine films.
On the outside of the metal can, handwritten in red ink is [#8] underlined twice, and the '8' is written over in black ink; opposite, also in red ink, is [15]. Handwritten in black ink on a white adhesive label in the center of the can is [Oklahoma Jones].
The film begins with men and women walking down the front stairs of a building. The same men and women are shown in a procession down the road wearing Masonic scarves and aprons. The camera shows the men and women standing in front of the building and also a wider angle view of the entire exterior of the building. There are also about half a dozen cars in front of the building. The next scene shows a motorcade with cars and motorcycles driving down a street. Some of the men on motorcycles appear to have on police officer uniforms. The next scene shows people at a racetrack watching jockeys and horses race. The next scene shows men and women walking out of the front door of a building and passing the camera. The men and women then stand in a semicircle and pose for the camera. The camera pans the crowd, and then they all wave to the camera. The next scene is on a farm. A woman feeds chickens, a man stands nearby with a horse, and another man plays with a pig. There is a brief scene of a woman in a carriage and on a horse. The next scene shows a family get into a car and drive away. There is a brief scene of two men racing, one is dressed in running clothes and the other in semi-formal clothes. In the next scene, a family comes out of a house, acknowledges the camera, and then goes back into the house. There is another scene of a farm that appears to be a different farm than the previous one. There are a lot of pigs in the yard, and a man lets horses out of a barn into the same yard. A car and a truck pass in front of the camera. A woman feeds chickens. There is some brief footage of a gas station and some people greeting one another on front porches at the end of the film.
Place filmed
Oklahoma, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
Rev. S.S. Jones Home Movies
Media Arts-Film and Video
motion pictures (information artifacts)
16mm (photographic film size)
American South
American West
Domestic life
Rural life
Social life and customs
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Naomi Long Madgett
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions