Hattie McDaniel wins the Oscar on this day for her role as Mammy in Gone With The Wind. Imagine not being able to attend your own movie premiere and being forced to sit in the segregated section at the Oscars. Black History was made and America has never been the same since.
At the time of Hattie’s death, only whites were allowed to be buried in the cemetery, so her final wishes to be buried there were ignored. Instead, she was buried in the Rosedale Cemetery. Hattie was an American Actress, famous not only for her role of Mammy in Gone With the Wind, but as the first African-American actress to win an Academy Award. The monument stands at the Hollywood Forever cemetery, erected in 1999 by the new owners as a sort of apology for not honoring her final wish.
At the funeral for slain Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers, his wife, Myrlie Evers (second right), comforts their son, Darryl Kenyatta Evers, while daughter Reena Denise Evers (center, in white dress) wipes her own tears, Jackson, Mississippi, June 15, 1963.
Upon her death it was her expressed wish to be buried in Hollywood Cemetery that would become the final resting place for the many stars she counted as friends but her request was denied because the cemetery had a white’s only policy and her remains were laid to rest at Rosedale Cemetery, her second choice, where she lies today. Hattie was so much more than just a mammie! "gone with the wind" would not have been what it was, without her!