Actor and Producer Don Cheadle and writer Steven Baigelman are turning the biography, “Prince of Darkness,” a book by Shane White, into a movie. The book tells the story about Wall Street’s first black millionaire, Jeremiah G. Hamilton.
In 2015, the pair took part in the movie “Miles Ahead,” a film about the life of jazz musician Miles Davis.
Their latest project together is bringing Jeremiah G. Hamilton’s story to the screen telling us about his journey to wealth.
In 1828, Jeremiah escapes Haiti when he was wanted for counterfeit crimes and made his way to New York City where he later started to build his fortune on Wall Street. This happened about a decade later after the Great Fire of New York of 1835 where he sold to both the white and black entrepreneurs.
During his rise to top, Jeremiah and Cornelius Vanderbilt bought the Nicaragua Transit Company… even though during that period, Jeremiah wasn’t allowed to ride on the train.
Jeremiah continued to rise above and later married a white woman and bought a mansion in New Jersey.
He did die in 1875, where he was worth $2 million dollars ($42 million today based on inflation) and in his obituary he was described as the richest black man in America.
It was also said that there is no picture images of Jeremiah either.
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