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City mourns loss of Mayor Floyd Adams Jr.

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The city of Savannah mourns the loss of a man who changed the history of Savannah, the first African-American Mayor Floyd Adams Jr. died at the age of 68.

Adams served as Mayor of Savannah from 1996-2003, and as Alderman from 1982-1995. 

Mayor Edna Jackson states that Adams actually convinced her to run for mayor and she says even though he is gone, she says his legacy will forever impact the city and her role as mayor.

City officials describe him as the mayor of all Savannah because he ignored racial, economic and social barriers. The mayor says one of his biggest accomplishments while he served as mayor was housing. Adams was behind the redevelopment of Cuyler-Brownsville and the transformation of the Garden Homes Community, and as Mayor Jackson describes the list is endless on the improvements he made that the city still benefits from today. 

"You cannot talk about Floyd Adams without talking about SPLOST and the infrastructure that was under his guidance that happened here so that our city would not flood," said Mayor Jackson.

As far as honoring Adams somewhere in the city, whether it's a street or a monument, the mayor says that's too soon to plan. Right now is the time to offer thoughts and prayers to his family.

Mayor Edna Branch Jackson issued the following statement: 

On behalf of the Savannah City Council, the City organization, and the entire Savannah community, we would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of Mayor Floyd Adams Jr. 

While I am deeply saddened by this news, I am comforted that he leaves such a strong legacy here in Savannah. 

Floyd Adams was a uniter. He ignored racial, economic and social barriers during his decades of public service, and in doing so became the Mayor of all Savannah. 

Mayor Adams' accomplishments were many. He believed that all Savannahians deserved an opportunity to earn a decent job and live in quality housing. 

His efforts led to the redevelopment of Cuyler-Brownville, and the transformation of the Garden Homes community into Ashley Midtown. Under Mayor Adams, Savannah made unprecedented improvements to our drainage system, and experienced record economic growth.

On a personal level, I owe much to Floyd Adams. He was the one who encouraged me to run for City Council, and paved the way for me to become Mayor. I will miss his political insight, wonderful sense of humor, and passion for Savannah.

I, and this entire community, owe Mayor Adams our thanks.

The city stands ready to assist the Adams family in any way during this time of bereavement. 

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