Opelika Pictures Records, 1843-1997 (bulk 1986-1997).

Creator: Records, 1843-1997 (bulk 1986-1997) [manuscript].
Collection number: 20290
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Abstract: Opelika Pictures is a film company founded by New York-based filmmaker Macky Alston (Wallace McPherson Alston III). Alston directed the documentary film, “Family Name,” which examines the links between himself and the descendants of former slaves in North Carolina who share the Alston name. Records of Opelika Pictures are comprised of research and genealogy notes, audio and video tapes, film, record albums, publications, photographs, business and personal correspondence, and clippings associated with the making of “Family Name.” Included are photographs of the work of artist Charles Henry Alston and interviews with his sisters and others who knew him. There are also photographs and taped interviews with Macky Alston and members of his family.

Repository: Southern Folklife Collection

Collection Highlights:  Included are photographs of the work of  African American artist Charles Henry Alston and interviews with his sisters and other contemporaries (Box 15 & 16). There are also research files in Series 1 (Papers) on Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King Jr., and other individuals. Also included is an 1843 publication “Psalms & Hymns” (Box 1).

The Southern Historical Collection has a collection of materials, drawings, and documents related to Charles Alston. Click here to link to the finding aid for this collection.