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Unsung Sheroes: 10 Historical Black Women Figures

Maria P. Williams

Maria P. Williams

Little is known about her, but Maria P. Williams is credited with being one of the first African-American filmmakers. The film The Flames of Wrath was released in 1923 through the Western Film Producing Company and Booking Exchange owned by her and husband, Jesse L. Williams. Only one frame of the film is known to exist and is housed at the George P. Johnson Negro Film Collection in the Young Research Library at the University of California Los Angeles.

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