George Perry Johnson (1885-1977) was a
writer, producer, and distributor for the Lincoln Motion Picture Company (1916-23). After
the company closed, he established and ran the Pacific Coast News Bureau for the
dissemination of Negro news of national importance (1923-27). He started the Negro in film
collection about the time he started working for Lincoln. The collection consists of
newspaper clippings, photographs, publicity material, posters, correspondence, and business
records related to early Black film companies, Black films, films with Black casts, and
Black musicians, sports figures and entertainers.
George Perry Johnson was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, October 29, 1885; after his
graduation from the Hampton Institute, Virginia (1904), he settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma and
started the first Negro paper in the territory, The Tulsa Guide
(June 9, 1906); moved to Omaha, Nebraska (1913) and was the first Negro employee at the U.S.
Post Office in that city; he eventually moved to Los Angeles and continued working for the
post office while he worked as a writer, producer, and distributor for the Lincoln Motion
Picture Company (1916-23); after the company closed, he established and ran the Pacific
Coast News Bureau for the dissemination of Negro news of national importance (1923-27); he
started the Negro in film collection about the time he started working for Lincoln; he died
October 17, 1977.
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