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King of Kings: Chasing Edward Jones

  •   Harriet Marin Jones
  •   France, United States

One of the most powerful Chicagoans of the 20th Century, Edward Jones built a $25 million empire as the brains and brawn behind Policy, an illegal racketeering syndicate in the 1930s and ’40s. The “Policy King” went head-to-head with Al Capone’s “Outfit” at the same time as he hobnobbed with celebrated artists including Josephine Baker, Frida Kahlo, and Duke Ellington. Using lively animated sequences and interviews with the likes of Quincy Jones and others who knew Jones’ story, filmmaker Harriet Marin Jones, the kingpin’s granddaughter, delves deep into her own extended family’s past to tell this remarkable and thrilling story of a legendary African American who rose to the heights of financial and political prominence, reclaiming his legacy as a man fighting for respect in a racist society.


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Special Guests

Scheduled to attend: Director Harriet Marin Jones


Film Patron

Charles Droege and Julie Wroblewski

Documentary Sponsor

Logo: WTTW (2019)

Documentary Patron

Cynthia Stone Raskin

Event Information

Friday, October 21, 2022

  •   99 minutes
Hamilton Park Cultural Center
513 W 72nd St
Chicago, IL 60621


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