The next step was to contact Snow's relatives for firsthand accounts of her life.
Her adopted son, Wynn Young, provided the filmmakers with more than 4,000 photographs and documents and offered his recollections. Snow's brother, Roscoe Crozier, invited the crew to his home in Cleveland for an interview and her sister, Josephine, flew into Charleston from New Jersey.
To tie the project together, musician Bob Thompson agreed to supply the film's narration, and poetess Crystal Good recorded readings from sections of the interview transcripts.
With all the pieces in place, Youngren began to assemble them into a cohesive narrative, knitting the elements together on his home computer.
The completed project will be submitted to the Cultural Center's archives, becoming part of its permanent collection.
Youngren said he has no plans to officially release or distribute the film but will make it available to anyone who is interested.
"I'd like to see it available for whoever the heck wants to view it," he said. "I'll make it that way; DVDs are cheap."
With the film, Youngren said he hoped not only to satisfy his own curiosity, but also to inspire conversations about race relations and civil rights.
"I hope that people are interested and that this generates a discussion about the way we treat each other," he said.
Youngren can be reached at m...@youngrendomain.com.
Contact writer Charles Young at charles.yo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796