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Juanita Jackson Mitchell interview


Juanita Jackson Mitchell (1913-1992) was born to Lillie May Jackson and Kieffer Albert Jackson in Arkansas, and then raised and educated primarily in Baltimore, Maryland. After attending the University of Pennsylvania for her bachelor's and master’s degrees, Mitchell returned to Baltimore to become the first Black woman to attend the University of Maryland Law School and then the first to practice law in the state of Maryland. In this oral history interview, Mitchell discusses her legal work done on behalf of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) alongside her mother, as well as her mother’s religiously-influenced philosophy within the organization. She explains how her mother’s world-view and values guided both of their careers and accomplishments. Mitchell also provides personal insight into her relationship with her mother and her family; she shares anecdotes about everything from piano lessons to how her mother addressed “the birds and bees.”




Contributor(s) Notes

Narrator: Juanita Jackson Mitchell
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 8135


Audio: 60 minutes
Transcript: 23 pages

Catalog Number

OH 8135

Resource ID


Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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