The Jackson-Mitchell Family and their experiences in Baltimore and in the South inspired each one to get involved in the cause to end racial inequality. Serving in different capacities, generation after generation served in the Baltimore NAACP and made an impact locally and nationally. Discover their involvement and achievements in Gallery 1.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP | GALLERY TWO
Conceived by Virginia Jackson and spearheaded by Juanita Jackson, the City-Wide Young People’s Forum put the Jim Crow practices of Baltimore out of business through direct action protests. The youth joined forces in the notable Anti-Lynching and Buy Where You CanWork campaigns. In Gallery II, see the power of Baltimore’s youth that inspires us today.
THE NAACP | GALLERY THREE
The NAACP was formed partly in response to the practice of lynching and the 1908 race riot in Springfield, Illinois. They formed branches throughout the U.S. Led by Lillie Carroll Jackson between 1935 and 1970, the Baltimore branch grew exponentially. Many of the victories experienced locally with Thurgood Marshall and Charles Hamilton Houston at the helm, reverberated across the nation. In Gallery III, learn about the local journeys of these national giants of civil rights.
EARLY FREEDOM FIGHTERS | GALLERY FOUR
Hear Frederick Douglass give a moving speech and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper recite her inspirational poetry. W. Ashbie Hawkins and Harry Sythe Cummings are among these pioneers who broke racial barriers. Lillie Carroll Jackson and her allies stood on the shoulders of these fearless early freedom fighters.
MARGARET CAREY ROOM | GALLERY FIVE
Margaret Thomas Carey came from a strong Quaker family with abolitionist roots. She became one of Lillie Carroll Jackson’s staunch allies for the cause, particularly as an anti-lynching advocate. The founders of the museum wanted to dedicate a room to her committed service. In Gallery 6, learn about Margaret Carey’s work and that of the Carey family towards equality for all.
CLARENCE M. MITCHELL, JR. ROOM: VICTORIES ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL | GALLERY SIX
The leadership of Juanita Jackson Mitchell and Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. was recognized early; each was recruited to work for the national NAACP. Juanita served as Special Assistant to Executive Secretary Walter White. Clarence would go on to be known as the 101st Senator for his lobbying work towards national civil rights legislation. Find out more about this power couple and their lifelong NAACP commitment against racial injustice.