Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum
As president of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP from 1935 to 1970, Jackson---along with Afro-American Newspaper publisher Carl J. Murphy---organized the community to protest Eastern Shore lynchings, segregated schools, residential restrictive covenants, discriminatory practices of Baltimore retailers and public accommodations establishments, and police brutality.
Jackson made common cause with legal scholars Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall to make the U.S. Constitution a reality. Her leadership resulted in successful litigation of several Supreme Court decisions, including the striking down of racially restrictive covenants in property deeds (1948) and finding segregated public schools unconstitutional (1954).
Jackson was the matriarch
“The successful struggle for civil rights in Maryland was a defining achievement of this century,” the Baltimore Sun wrote. “Lillie May Carroll Jackson was a key general in that battle.” She died on July 5, 1975.
(Inscription under the image on the right)
Lillie Carroll Jackson “ It is somehow fitting that Lillie May Carroll Jackson, a direct descendant of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, would confront an unjust government asking it to fulfill its creed that all men are created equal.”—Baltimore Sun, August 1999--
Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum, Sponsor-Rededicated 2015-Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor
Erected 2015 by City of Baltimore.
Location. 39° 18.268′ N, 76° 37.614′ W. Marker is in
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lillie Carroll Jackson Museum (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing. ); Early Civil Rights Era (a few steps from this marker); St. James Court (a few steps from this marker); Sidney Lanier (within shouting distance of this marker); Howard A. Kelly, M.D. (within shouting distance of this marker); Daniel Coit Gilman (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Md. Prince Hall Masons (about 300 feet away); Francis Scott Key (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
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