Mary Jenkins Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Jenkins, Mary F., American, 1928 - 2014
Interviewed by
Griffin, Willie James Ph. D., American, born 1974
Subject of
Fisk University, American, founded 1866
Brown, Oliver L., American, 1918 - 1961
Board of Education of Topeka, American
Dr. King, Martin Luther Jr., American, 1929 - 1968
March 9, 2013
Duration: 00:40:47
The oral history consists of five digital files: 2011.174.69.1a, 2011.174.69.1b, 2011.174.69.1c, 2011.174.69.1d, and 2011.174.69.1e.
Mary Jenkins describes Albany, Georgia, during her childhood and discusses moments when she encountered racial prejudice. She describes her education in all-black schools, her decision to attend Fisk University, and her longing to become a teacher. Around the time of Brown v. Board of Education, she began teaching in Georgia and witnessed negative reactions of white administrators to the decision. Jenkins describes her decision to join the Albany Movement, and she shares memories of working with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0069
Place collected
Albany, Dougherty County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
Civil Rights History Project
Media Arts-Film and Video
Civil Rights Movement
Albany Movement
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
American South
Civil rights
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
Race relations
U.S. History, 1953-1961
U.S. History, 1961-1969
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in partnership with the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress