In this silent film, Eve Mason (Iris Hall) learns of her grandfather’s death, leaves her small Southern town and travels west to inspect her newly-inherited land. With help from her neighbor, Hugh Van Allen (Walker Thompson), she arrives at her grandfather’s homestead. When the self-loathing Jefferson Driscoll (Lawrence Chenault) learns that Van Allen’s property sits atop a vast oil reserve, he teams up with a group of unsavory criminals to threaten Mason and force Van Allen off his land. The Symbol of the Unconquered (also known as The Wilderness Trail) is a 1920 silent “race film” drama produced, written and directed by Oscar Micheaux. It is Micheaux’s fourth feature-length film and along with Within Our Gates is among his early surviving works.

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