Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 292


Neville Jerome Knowles was born April 23, 1929 in Exuma, a Bahamian Island, to Muriel Bullit and Joseph W. Knowles. He moved to Maine in 1952 where he worked as a gardener and chauffeur, at the Shapiro Brothers shoe store, as a truck driver, and then for the Maine Savings Bank. He has been deeply involved with the NAACP with a relationship with Thurgood Marshall, and at the time of this interview was president of the Portland, Maine branch of the NAACP. He has worked for Bates College since 1992.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: 1968 vice presidential campaign; Republican Party in Maine; Democratic Party in Maine; NAACP; Civil Rights; Bates College; and the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.