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
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
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
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.
am deeply saddened by this news, I am comforted that he leaves such a strong
legacy here in Savannah.
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
Adams' accomplishments were many. He believed that all Savannahians deserved an
opportunity to earn a decent job and live in quality housing.
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
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
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.