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Senator Troy Brailey interview


Senator Troy Brailey (1916-1994) was a civil rights activist, labor unionist, and politician. He represented West Baltimore in the Maryland General Assembly for 24 years, founded the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus, and was chairman of the Labor and Industrial Committee for the Baltimore Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In this oral history interview, Brailey describes his association with A. Philip Randolph (1889-1979), a renowned leader of the civil rights and labor movements. This connection brought Brailey into association with several Baltimore civil rights organizations, including the NAACP. Brailey further elaborates on the roles and contributions of the local churches to the NAACP and discusses the importance of the Afro-American newspaper in the civil rights movement. Brailey also recounts his experiences in politics and outlines potential causes of what he saw as reduced enthusiasm surrounding efforts towards achieving racial equality and justice.




Contributor(s) Notes

Narrator: Troy Brailey
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 8147


Audio: 60 minutes
Transcript: 27 pages

Catalog Number

OH 8147

Resource ID



This recording was originally comprised of two parts, which have been edited together for the purposes of this record.

Digital Publisher

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