Arnett Doctor was 51-years-old in 1996, a year before the film came out. His great-grandfather Ed Goins was the second largest land owner in Rosewood. His turpentine still employed 50 people. Ruth and Minnie were also his cousins. Doctor, who served as a consultant for the film, told Singleton: “Son, you were chosen to do this movie by God. So don’t try to take anything from it or add a whole lot to it. Just do the movie. It’ll take care of itself.”
Doctor, naturally, held a bit of resentment toward the incident and what it did to his family.
“My great-grandfather was the major employer in Rosewood and his sons and his daughters were fairly well educated people, and then this atrocity occurred and bango! My mother and her brother and her sister–no education. My mother’s generation was cut off. All of a sudden my mother had to start scrubbing floors.”