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Dentist Vereen Marion Marshall was the father of the star of "Blacula"

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In 1972 Blacula came out in theaters. The star of the film was William Horace Marshall. He was a well known star and died in 2003. His father Vereen Marion Marshall was the first African American dentist in Gary, Indiana.

Vereen Marshall was born November 7, 1890 in Cheraw, South Carolina. He was the son of Edward and Amanda (Williams) Marshall. In 1920 the U.S. Census shows Vereen living with Walter and Veronice Smith in Gary, Indiana as a boarder. On June 30, 1920 he married Thelma Edwards (the daughter of Horace and Anna Belle Edwards).

They had one son named William Horace Marshall born Aug 19, 1924 in Gary, Indiana who became an actor in Hollywood.

Vereen Marshall received a B.S. degree from Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C. in 1909. In 1910 he was a teacher of French and Science at Claflin University. He served as the Assistant Manager of the Claflin College Quartette from 1910-1916.

He then went to Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee and was granted his D.D.S. diploma in 1914. From 1914-1917 he was a teacher at Meharry Medical College. He was also the Director of Music at Meharry Medical College from 1912-1917.

Marshall was elected Vice-President of the Indiana Dental Society and served in this position from 1928-1930. He was also the Minister of Music for Trinity M.E. Church and Stewart House (created in 1920 to promote inter-racial good will in the community) starting in 1925.

He joined the Masons, Elks, Knights of Pythias, Royal Circle of Friends, National Medical Association, Indiana State Dental Society, and the N.A.A.C.P.

His wife Thelma taught in the public schools in Gary for ten years. One of which was Roosevelt High School. She died on Jan 11, 1978.

In his politics he was Republican. His religion was Methodist. He lived at 2301 Jefferson St., Gary, Indiana. (A photo of his home appears on p. 113 of a book called Gary's Central Business Community) His practice was located at 1635 Broadway in Gary. This book quotes that he advertised painless extractions, had an x-ray machine and paid special attention to women and children.

At this time I could not locate a record of Vereen Marshall's death.



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