Reuters: New Version of First Ever African-American Screen Kiss Discovered in National Library of Norway
A new version of the first known on-screen kiss between two African-American actors has been discovered in the collections of the National Library of Norway.
The 1898 film, directed by U.S. film industry pioneer William Selig, stars vaudeville actors Saint Suttle and Gertie Brown and shows them courting and kissing in front of a cloth backdrop.
The only previously known copy of “Something Good – Negro Kiss” was acquired from a collector in Louisiana in 2017 and added to the U.S Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 2018 for its cultural value.
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