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Judge Harry Cole interview


Judge Harry A. Cole (1921-1999) was a lawyer in Baltimore, Maryland, and the first African American ever elected to the Maryland Senate and the Maryland Court of Appeals. In this oral history interview, Judge Cole discusses his experiences as an activist in college with Lillie Mae Carroll Jackson, including the 1942 march on Annapolis. Judge Cole also discusses his impressions of Governor Theodore McKeldin, describing his unique style and career as a politician. He further compares and contrasts the different political approaches of Governor McKeldin and Governor Spiro Agnew, having worked closely with both politicians.




Contributor(s) Notes

Narrator: Harry A. Cole
Interviewer: Richard Richardson

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 8103


Audio: 33 minutes
Transcript: 9 pages

Catalog Number

OH 8103

Resource ID



Please note that the Library of Congress authorized heading for Harry A. Cole incorrectly uses 1922 as his year of birth, instead of 1921.

Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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