MIRC is proud to announce a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve the Willie Lee Buffington home movies.
Buffington was founder of the Faith Cabin Library movement, which, from the 1930s until the 1970s, provided books and library services to African Americans in rural South Carolina and Georgia. His home movies show segregated schools and libraries on the eve of the Brown vs. Board of Education court battle. These films, possibly the only moving images of the Faith Cabin Libraries and their crucial role in rural Southern towns, are vitally important to regional history due to their rarity and content. The restoration work funded by the NFPF will help ensure that these films remain accessible to researchers and the public for years to come.
This film, one of the six slated for preservation, features students, schools, and Faith Cabin Libraries in various Georgia towns. More Buffington home movies can be viewed online in the South Carolina Manuscripts Collections at MIRC’s Digital Video Repository.