Don Cheadle Will Play Wall Street's First Black Millionaire, Jeremiah G. Hamilton
Grab your history books, sit down and listen as we tell you the story of another black man who time forgot.
It was the year 2017, Hollywood had started to concede its rigid views on diverse movies, as films like Hidden Figures and Get Out dominated the box office. Then, from a not-so-far-away land, our hero known as Don Cheadle (Miles Ahead, The Avengers series) had a brilliant idea: to adapt the story of Wall Street’s first black millionaire for the big screen.
And so, alongside his trusty writer Steven Baigelman, the duo are adapting author Shane White‘s Prince of Darkness into a movie.
The book and film tell the tale of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, a black man who escaped Haiti in 1828 and began building his fortune on Wall Street by selling to both white and black entrepreneurs. This move broke both American custom and law. Making matters even worst, Hamilton married a white woman, bought a mansion in New Jersey and bought railroad stocks – a mighty profitable venture during that time.
“There was only one man who ever fought the Commodore to the end, and that was Jeremiah Hamilton,” Cornelius Vanderbilt, a rival to Jeremiah G. Hamilton, said in his obituary in the National Republican, read the day after Hamilton’s death. By the time Hamilton died in 1875, he was worth about $2 million (which would be about $42 million today based on inflation) and was described as the richest black man in America.