Erma Mozelle Duffy Lewis (1926–1982)

Erma Mozelle Duffy Lewis, the founder of the first African-American community theatre in Fort Worth, Texas, was born February 7, 1926, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Haywood James Duffy and Hazel Mae Calloway Duffy. She was the oldest of eight children and graduated from Historic … Read MoreErma Mozelle Duffy Lewis (1926–1982)

Lincoln Motion Picture Company

African American audiences were generally ignored by the major motion picture studios in the first two decades of the 20th century. Nonetheless, demand for films aimed at black theaters in both the South and larger northern cities prompted the formation of several “black” motion picture … Read MoreLincoln Motion Picture Company

Negro Repertory Company (Seattle) 1936-1939

The Negro Repertory Company (NRC) was established in 1936 by Florence and James Burton, directors of the Seattle Repertory Playhouse (SRP), as the Negro unit of the Federal Theatre Program, a part of the WPA. In its short life it produced ambitious and controversial plays … Read MoreNegro Repertory Company (Seattle) 1936-1939