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    WPA Federal Theater Project in New York:African Theater Group:"Bassa Moona"
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    • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
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    Scene from the morality play "Heaven Bound," staged by the Big Bethel African Methodist Choir, at the Atlanta Theatre (23 Exchange Place), Atlanta, Georgia, August 1937
    • Date
    • 1937-08
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    • Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers (Atlanta, Ga.)
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    • Local identification number: LBstrip038k. A roll of film from 1937 found in the Lane Brothers Collection. The Federal Theatre Project and the Atlanta Studio Group invited the Big Bethel to perform the pageant at the Atlanta Theatre. The play opened o... more
      Local identification number: LBstrip038k. A roll of film from 1937 found in the Lane Brothers Collection. The Federal Theatre Project and the Atlanta Studio Group invited the Big Bethel to perform the pageant at the Atlanta Theatre. The play opened on August 10, 1937 and ran for a week. The play returned in January 1937, and again in 1938.. Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976. less
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      The contents of this item, including all images and text, are for personal, educational, and non-commercial use only. This item is the property of Georgia State University Library, and any user is asked to acknowledge Georgia State University Library. LBstrip038s, Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. less
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    Federal Theatre Project, Negro Theatre, Sign Painting department, headed by Tipp Beavers. Workshop employees producing posters, display letters, and a cardboard ark, for various New York-based Federal Theatre productions.
    • Date
    • 1936
    • Creator
    • Federal Theatre Project (New York, N.Y.)
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    • From a collection that depicts African Americans engaged in a variety of occupations and date from the 1900s to the 1990s with the bulk of the images being from the 1930s to the 1950s.
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    WPA Federal Theater Project in New York:African Theater Group:"Bassa Moona"
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    • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
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    • Unrestricted
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The Negro Theatre Project was started as part of the Federal Theatre Project in 1935. It established units located in different cities and regions throughout the country. These unit sites included Seattle, Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Hartford, Philadelphia, Newark, Raleigh, Durham, Birmingham, Chicago, Peoria, and Cleveland. The project provided much-needed job opportunities to African American theatre professionals and facilitated many contributions to African American arts and cultural history.

Of the Negro Theatre Project units, the New York unit, located in the Lafayette Theatre in Harlem, was perhaps the most active and well known. A number of Harlem Renaissance writers, like Countee Cullen, and Arna Bontemps, found funding and new audiences for their productions through the program. White playwrights depicting African American life also staged productions through the New York unit with casts of black actors and black production teams.