What A Jewel

Oklahoma’s Historic African American Film House

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History of the Jewel

Before desegregation, the Jewel Theater was the only movie theater in Oklahoma City where African Americans were free to watch movies without the burden of being relegated to a separate section.

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The Jewel Foundation

Arthur Hurst, owner of the Jewel Theater, established the Jewel Foundation in 19__.

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Renovation of the Jewel

Get more insight on the fund raising efforts for restoring the historical Jewel Theater!

How You Can Help

Help advance African-American arts and culture in Oklahoma.
Donate to the Jewel Theater restoration project today.

Mail Donations to:

Jewel Foundation: PO Box 11489, Oklahoma City, Ok 73136

 

 

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Significance

In the Land Run of 1889, more than 200 African Americans raced alongside white settlers for the chance to make a new start. The early territorial days were marked by a sense of racial equality, with African Americans holding position in the Oklahoma Territory Legislature and other territorial officers. Continue reading…

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Motion Pictures

Beginning in 1896, with the advent of Thomas Edison’s moving picture machine, the kinescope, the American public became enchanted with motion pictures. Continue reading…

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Give to the Jewel

The Jewel Foundation is working to raise money through private donors to fund the rehabilitation of the Jewel Theater. Please help the Jewel District become a reality. Help preserve African American culture and history in Oklahoma City. Donate to our Go Fund Me Page Today!

How You Can Help

Help advance African-American arts and culture in Oklahoma.
Donate to the Jewel Theater restoration project today.

Mail Donations to:

Jewel Foundation: PO Box 11498, Oklahoma City, Ok 73136

 

 

Visit Our Go Fund Me Page!

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