Skip menu to read main page content

Judge John R. Hargrove interview


Judge John R. Hargrove (1923-1997) was an associate judge for the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City. He also held various other judicial positions, including serving as an associate judge in the United States attorney’s office. Judge Hargrove dedicated himself to numerous cases supporting the NAACP and the civil rights movement in Baltimore. In this oral history interview, Judge Hargrove delves into his work on some of these cases, his legal background, and the experiences of being a Black law student and lawyer. He discusses his association with the NAACP, primarily through Lillie May Carroll Jackson (1889-1975), the President of the NAACP at the time, and her daughter Juanita Jackson Mitchell (1913-1992), another influential civil rights leader. Judge Hargrove reflects on his memories of Lillie Jackson, her leadership style, and the impact she made. Finally, he shares his opinions on Governor Theodore McKeldin (1900-1974), a prominent political figure during the early civil rights movement.




Contributor(s) Notes

Narrator: John R. Hargrove
Interviewer: Michael Louis

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 8132


Audio: 50 minutes
Transcript: 13 pages

Catalog Number

OH 8132

Resource ID


Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


This digital material is made available here for private study, scholarship, and research. Commercial and other uses are prohibited without the permission of the Maryland Center for History and Culture. For more information, visit the MCHC’s Reproductions and Permissions web page.