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Elizabeth Murphy Moss interview


Elizabeth Murphy Moss (1917-1998) was a former reporter, editor, and publisher of the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper and the first Black woman to serve on the Baltimore City school board. Her grandfather founded the newspaper in 1892 and her father edited it from 1922 to 1967. Moss graduated from Baltimore's Frederick Douglass High School and she received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. In this oral history interview, Moss discusses The Afro's involvement in civil rights activities and the relationship between her father, Carl Murphy, and freedom fighter Lillie May Carroll Jackson. She also describes desegregation in Baltimore City public schools, the formation of the Citizen's Committee for Justice, and the 1942 March on Annapolis, which was the first mass demonstration for civil rights at the state capital.




Contributor(s) Notes

Narrator: Elizabeth Murphy Moss
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 8140


Audio: 84 minutes
Transcript: 54 pages

Catalog Number

OH 8140

Resource ID


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