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Silas Craft interview


Silas E. Craft (1918-1995) was a school principal who promoted education for Black students in Howard County, Maryland. He helped to open the first Black high school in the county, the now defunct Harriet Tubman High School, and was its first principal from 1949 to 1956. Craft also contributed to the reorganization and revitalization of the Howard County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In this oral history interview, Craft discusses his early involvement with the NAACP as a child and the relationship between the Congress of Racial Equality and the NAACP. He provides his thoughts on Lillie May Carroll Jackson and her activist work, as well as on Theodore R. McKeldin’s tenure as mayor of Baltimore, Maryland. Craft also describes his experiences as a Black man in the United States Army during World War II.





Contributor(s) Notes

Narrator: Silas E. Craft
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 8137


Audio: 120 minutes
Transcript: 25 pages

Catalog Number

OH 8137

Resource ID


Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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