Sidney P. Dones

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Marshall Texas
DiedAugust 2, 1947(1947-08-02) (aged 58–59)
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma mater
  • LaSalle Extension University
  • School of Law
  • Lavinia H. Relerford
  • Bessie Williams

Sidney Preston Dones (1888 -August 2, 1947) was an American businessman involved in real estate, insurance, legal services, and the film business.[1][2] He studied at LaSalle Extension University School of Law.[3] He was born in Marshall, Texas.[1] He married Lavinia H. Relerford and then Bessie Williams.[1]

In 1914, Dones opened an office on Central Avenue in Los Angeles next to the California Eagle newspaper.[4] He ran for political pffice as an Independent and as a Progressive.[5]

At the vanguard of African Amwricans involves in Los Angeles real estate, in 1927 he was jailed for usury.[6]

He joined with other prominent investors to buy and develop a tract of land in Val Verde, California for African Americans.[7]


  • Injustice (1919 film)
  • Reformation (1920 film)
  • The Ten Thousand Dollar Trail (1921).


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Sidney P. Dones". September 30, 2014.
  2. "Indianapolis Recorder 16 August 1947 — Hoosier State Chronicles: Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program".
  3. Jr, J. Clay Smith (January 27, 1999). Emancipation: The Making of the Black Lawyer, 1844-1944. University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 0812216857 – via Google Books.
  4. Bell, Shannon; Quaide, Rustin; Campbell-Page, Theresa (February 1, 2009). "Celebrate African American History Month with the National Register of Historic Places".
  5. "JoinCalifornia - Sidney P. Dones".

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