The Juanita Jackson Mitchell: Crusader for Freedom Traveling Exhibit
The Juanita Jackson Mitchell: Crusader for Freedom Traveling Exhibit was created by the Juanita Jackson Mitchell Multicultural Resource Center of Roland Park Country School in Baltimore, Maryland in the spring of 2009. Thanks to the generosity of Michael Bowen Mitchell, the third son of Mrs. Mitchell, the center was given access to a treasure trove of family photographs and memorabilia through which the story of her life is told. Juanita Jackson Mitchell crusaded against discrimination, using the courts as her platform. She served as counsel in lawsuits to eliminate segregation in municipal recreation facilities, swimming pools, restaurants, and public schools in Maryland. Her efforts in support of Brown vs. Board of Education resulted in making Maryland the first southern state to integrate its school system after the 1954 Supreme Court decision. She was one of the first African-American women to attend the University of Maryland Law School and the first African-American woman to practice law in the state of Maryland.