A group of North Carolina filmmakers are in the process of releasing a four-part documentary series that focuses on the rich and vibrant history of the city of Durham. The film, Hayti: The Legacy of Black America, turns its focus on Durham’s Hayti district, which the group says housed some of the richest Black people in America in the early 1900s.
The four-block area was dubbed “Black Wall Street” because more than 200 black-owned and operated businesses thrived on Parrish Street. Jaisun McMillian, one of the executive producers, spoke on the importance of the documentary via a press release.
There are valuable lessons to be learned from their experiences that could benefit generations to come. Our children need and deserve to have a better understanding of who they are, where they came from, and why they are the way they are, said McMillian. Our heritage is our identity. It is important that it be appreciated, respected and preserved.
Filmmakers Kelvin D. Allen, Jaisun McMillian, and Victor Stone of the Cultural Heritage Group have banded together to craft the documentary film and have started a Kickstarter fund-raising campaign to get the project rolling.
Learn more about “Hayti: The Legacy Of Black America,” Cultural Heritage Group, and partner group Triangle Virtual Media Productions by clicking here.