Tom Hermansen is the former manager of Great Bend Manor, the nursing home where Oscar's brother, Swan Micheaux, Jr., lived before his death in 1975. In a letter to black film expert, Henry T. Sampson, Hermansen eloquently recalled Swan, Jr: “Swan was a rather quiet man, of small frame, twinkling eyes and when I talked with him I always had the feeling he knew something I would never know. It wasn't with an air of arrogance or flaunting, but simply something different; not intimidating but something like ‘the cat got the canary.' He was a nice pleasant fellow...”.
Hermansen and his wife, Diana, together with Juanita Neuforth, located Oscar Micheaux's grave in 1987. They discovered that Micheaux had no tombstone, but that his grave had been marked with a small metal plate since his death. Together with Harley Robinson, Jr., a second cousin of Micheaux from California, they raised funds in Great Bend and Hollywood and purchased a tombstone for Micheaux.34 On October 8, 1988, the tombstone was dedicated in a ceremony attended by Micheaux relatives, Hollywood people and local residents. James Shabazz of the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame was in attendance, as was director, Robert Townsend. (Micheaux's grave is next to a paved road in Section R of the cemetery, straight north of the Mausoleum, in the extreme north side of the cemetery). Oscar's father and brother (Swan, Jr.) still have no tombstones, but have temporary metal markers on their graves.
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