Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway - Grave of Oscar Micheaux

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Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway - Grave of Oscar Micheaux

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Original Caption: The grave of Oscar Micheaux, the first African American filmmaker, rests in the Great Bend Cemetery. Location: Great Bend Cemetery, Kansas (38.367° N 98.799° W) Status: Public domain. Provided by the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Micheaux, Oscar, 1884-1951

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Oscar Micheaux (b. Jan. 2, 1884, Metropolis, IL–d. March 25, 1951, Charlotte, NC) was born to Calvin and Bell Michaux, both former slaves. He started working as a teenager in various jobs (in stockyard, steel mills, as a shoe shiner, and eventually a Pullman porter) before buying a homestead in Gregory County, SD. While on his homestead he married Orlean McCracken although the marriage did not last. Micheaux started writing for The Chicago Defender urging black people to take advantage of the la...