commandment keeper church beaufort south carolina may 1940

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She’s best known as a novelist, but Zora Neale Hurston was also one of the first African-American female film makers in the United States. In 1940 she directed a film team to document the religious services of the Commandment Keeper Church creating the short documentary Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940.

In 2005 the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.