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Dr. Charles E. Watts interview


Dr. Charles E. Watts (1899-1992) was a Baltimore-based dentist and treasurer of the Baltimore branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a position which allowed him to work closely with Lillie May Carroll Jackson. In this oral history interview, Dr. Watts gives insight into Dr. Jackson’s determined personality and strong influence in the local civil rights movement. He also discusses the Jackson family as a whole, as several of her children, particularly Juanita Jackson Mitchell and Virginia Jackson Kiah, were also involved in the NAACP’s efforts.




Contributor(s) Notes

Narrator: Charles E. Watts
Interviewer: Leroy Graham

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 8120


Audio: 27 minutes
Transcript: 16 pages

Catalog Number

OH 8120

Resource ID


Digital Publisher

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