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Evelyn T. Burrell interview


Evelyn T. Burrell was a civil rights activist and member of the Baltimore, Maryland, branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Baltimore Community Relations Commission, and the Model Cities Board. In this oral history interview, Burrell recounts several battles relating to racial equality in which she was involved, including seeking employment at the police station and acceptance to the University of Maryland Law School. She discusses the NAACP’s successful collaboration with organizations such as the Urban League and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and speaks about her work with other civil rights organizations, such as the Black Panthers, the Black United Front, and the Freedom House. She further describes the long process of racial integration within Baltimore schools, tension with the Board of Education, and the merchant associations that emerged out of 1960s civil unrest.




Contributor(s) Notes

Narrator: Evelyn T. Burrell
Interviewer: Susan Conwell

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 8138


Audio: 120 minutes
Transcript: 33 pages

Catalog Number

OH 8138

Resource ID


Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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