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Chester Wickwire interview


Dr. Chester "Chet" L. Wickwire (1913-2008) was a civil rights and peace activist. After receiving his doctorate from Yale Divinity School, he was hired as the Executive Secretary of the Levering Hall YMCA, located at Johns Hopkins University. He later became the University Chaplain from 1968 to 1984. In this oral history interview, Dr. Wickwire discusses his involvement in the desegregation of the Northwood Theatre, located in the northeastern section of Baltimore, Maryland, and the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Baltimore County, Maryland. Other topics of discussion include the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the civil rights activist Walter P. Carter, the Black Panthers, and Martin Luther King Jr.




Contributor(s) Notes

Narrator: Chester Wickwire
Interviewer: Michael Louis

Production Note

The McKeldin-Jackson Project was an effort to examine the Maryland civil rights movement of the mid-20th century through the medium of oral history by focusing on the roles played by pioneering freedom fighter Lillie May Carroll Jackson and Theodore R. McKeldin, who was Mayor of Baltimore (1943-1947, 1963-1967), Governor of Maryland (1951-1959), and an advocate for civil rights. The project was sponsored by the Maryland Historical Society and was supported in part by a grant from the Maryland Committee for the Humanities and Public Policy.


Object ID

OH 8118


Audio: 43 minutes
Transcript: 13 pages

Catalog Number

OH 8118

Resource ID


Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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