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Don Cheadle to Star in Film About Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire

Don Cheadle will bring an untold story to light as the producer and star of a new biopic, Empire Online reports.

The film is an adaptation of Shane White’s biography of Hamilton, Prince Of Darkness: The Untold Story Of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire.

It will follow the experiences of Hamilton, played by Cheadle, “a Haitian immigrant who made a fortune as a broker and land agent in 19th-century New York. Steven Baigelman will write the film, which has yet to land a director.”

The source also mentioned that he was referred to the Prince of Darkness by racist white counterparts who seemed to envy his success. In 1863 during the New York City Draft Riots, they showed up to his home to to lynch him.

Hamilton was not intimidated by them or anyone that didn’t like him due to the color of his skin.

He comfortably navigated Wall Street and was highly respected. His story proves that money and status doesn’t make you exempt from facing racism and discrimination every day.

When he passed away, he was referred to as the richest black in the United States and went down in history as Wall Street’s first black millionaire.

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