February 06, 2021 to February 06, 2021
Features a presentation of films documenting the history and culture of the African American experience in Oklahoma. The festival is free and open to the public.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s festival will be held virtually and the focus is African American pioneers on the Oklahoma frontier. Topics will include notorious outlaws such as Crawford Goldsby, better known as Cherokee Bill, and fearless lawmen like Deputy US Marshal Bass Reeves. Art Burton, author of numerous publications including Black, Red, and Deadly: Black and Indian Gunfighters of the Indian Territories and Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves, will be a special guest.
Listed are some of the films that will be featured in this year’s festival:
- Ballad of Bass Reeves, written and performed by OHS Board member Dr. Harold Aldridge Jr. and filmed by Bare Bones Film Works from Muskogee.
- Who is Sara Rector, created by Kathleen Watkins, playwright and founder of Spiritually Bold; directed by Allen Washington; performed by Teresa Daniel and Mara Gore.
- Fort Gibson: An Outpost on the Oklahoma Frontier, created by Omar Reed, director of the OHS’s Fort Gibson Historic Site.
- Join the Trail Ride, produced by Carylon Ross, instructor of communications at Langston University, following the story of Luches Warrior and the Checotah Rough Riders.
LocationOklahoma History Center - Virtual View map
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr,
Oklahoma City, OK, US