This was the first time a black actor had ever received a screen credit.
Fetchit went on to appear in dozens of films in the 1920 to the 1950s. His characters often highlighted negative stereotypes of African-American and can seem shockingly offensive today.
However, it's fair to say that Perry opened the door for future black actors to appear on film in less offensive roles.
In 1976 the Hollywood chapter of the NAACP awarded him a Special NAACP Image Award. In 1978, Perry was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.