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Carter Gilmore (1926-2006) was born May 30, 1926, in Grapeland, Texas. In 1977 Gilmore became the first African American elected to the Oakland City Council. He served from 1977 to 1990, during which time he also acted as vice mayor to Lionel J. Wilson. Gilmore also served as president of the NAACP's Alameda branch and, later, of its Northern California division.
Background
Carter Gilmore (1926-2006) was born May 30, 1926, in Grapeland, Texas, son of Payne Gilmore, a sharecropper, and Bertha Owens Gilmore, who together had a large family of 12 or 13 children. Gilmore attended high school in Crockett, Texas, and then served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married Liz Hampton of Crockett in 1947. In 1951, the couple moved to Oakland, California, where he worked for Granny Goose Foods as plant manager. Gilmore also served as president of the NAACP's Alameda branch and, later, of its Northern California division.
Extent
.25 linear feet (1 box + 1 oversized box)
Restrictions
Permission to publish from the Carter Gilmore Papers must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.
Availability
No access restrictions. Collection is open to the public.