Don Cheadle to Star in Film About the First Black Millionaire Jeremiah G. Hamilton

Everyone knows about the first black female millionaire but how many know about the first black male millionaire?

Don Cheadle to star in the film about the first black millionaire, Jeremiah G. Hamilton, he will also produce the project. Cheadle is reteaming with Miles Ahead writer Steven Baigelman who will adapt Shane White’s biography ‘Prince of Darkness’ into a silver screen production.

Via Hollywood Reporter

Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire sheds light on the obscure story of Hamilton, who was mentioned in an obituary for Cornelius Vanderbilt as the tycoon’s true rival. White’s book details the rise of Hamilton as he is chased out of Haiti and becomes a broker and land agent in 19th century New York, his success prickling both white and black society. He broke many taboos of the times, including marrying a white woman and owning stock in rail companies on whose trains he wasn’t legally allowed to ride. When Hamilton died, obits at the time called him the richest black man in America.

 

 

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