Known as the "Mother of Freedom,” Lillie Carol Jackson was a renowned civil rights leader in Baltimore, Maryland. Jackson played a pivotal role in dismantling Jim Crow laws in the city and throughout the country. In 1935, she became the president of the NAACP's Baltimore branch growing the community to thousands of members. By 1946 the chapter was one of the largest in the country. Through her leadership, Jackson desegregated many of the Baltimore’s facilities and schools. She also helped citizens gain equal employment, hold leadership positions, and roles in public office. Jackson's daughter, Virginia Jackson-Kiah, spearheaded turning Jackson’s home into a museum. When it opened in 1978, it became the first privately owned museum commemorating a Black woman. Jackson is a part of the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, and former Baltimore mayor Martin O'Malley designated May 25 as Lillie Carroll Jackson Day in Baltimore.