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Lancaster's Wall Of Fame

Lancaster's Wall Of Fame

Olde English District

Olde English District

The likeness of Broadway star Nina Mae McKinney is just one of the faces that grace this wall of fame. McKinney was the first African-American actress to perform in a sound movie, "Hallelujah," in 1929. She also starred with the great Paul Roberson in the film, " Sanders of the River," in 1935. In 1938, McKinney was inducted into the Black Film Makers Hall of Fame. Her singing and dancing techniques served as a model for such successors as Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge. She died at the age of 54 in New York on May 3, 1967.