While cross-checking Harry Gant’s statements in I Saw Them Ride Away, I discovered that the Chuck Wagon Trailers (CWT), the fraternal organization he had founded in 1931, still existed and was planning a meeting in September 2009.
I arranged to travel to Los Angeles for the meeting, and contacted as many of Gant’s descendants as possible. In connection with that meeting, I also recruited Mom and Chris to help me search the UCLA library’s George P. Johnson collection of material related to Black films and other entertainment. We found several interesting items, such Gant’s 1,000-share stock certificate in the Lincoln Motion Picture Company, photos, movie posters, and notes of George Johnson about Gant. Johnson clearly considered Gant a good friend.