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Juanita Jackson Mitchell and Virginia Jackson Kiah interview, 1975


In this oral history interview for the McKeldin-Jackson Project, Virginia Jackson Kiah and Juanita Jackson Mitchell, the daughters of pioneering freedom fighter Lillie May Carroll Jackson and evangelist Keiffer Albert Jackson, focus on their family history, their parents' marriage, and some of the experiences and values that led to their parents' zeal to fight against discrimination and racial segregation. The interview touches upon Lillie May Carroll Jackson's perspectives on race, character, and education, and Keiffer Albert Jackson's work to document Black businesspeople and churches through film. The sisters also discuss their father's childhood experience of witnessing three lynchings in his home state of Mississippi, along with other formative experiences that impacted his feelings about the south and his future work.



Contributor(s) Notes

Narrator: Juanita Jackson Mitchell, Virginia Jackson Kiah
Interviewer: Charles Wagandt

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 8094


Audio: 61 minutes
Transcript: 63 pages

Catalog Number

OH 8094

Resource ID


Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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