State Representative Carl Gilliard (D-Garden City) will host two upcoming bridge dedication ceremonies. The schedule for the bridge dedication ceremonies is as follows: • The bridge dedication ceremony for the late Phillip J. Meyers will take place on Monday, July 16, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Southwest Chatham Library in Savannah, followed by a motorcade on State Route 204 to Ogeechee Road; • The bridge dedication ceremony for the late Floyd Adams Jr. will take place on Friday, July 20, 2018, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul CME Church in Savannah, followed by a motorcade on Interstate 516 to West Bay Street. Rep. Gilliard sponsored House Resolutions 1468 and 1572 to rename Savannah bridges in honor of Meyers and Adams during the 2018 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly, and these resolutions received final passage as part of Senate Resolution 745.
Meyers served with the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and was a member of the New York Newspaper Printing Pressman’s Union for several decades prior moving to Savannah. Meyers advocated for labor rights, income equality, civil rights and the environment, and in 2010, he helped organize the Retirees Unite for the Future (RUFF), an advocacy group of retirees. Meyers served as the organization’s president and helped to stage information tables at events and organize rallies and marches. Adams was elected to serve as the City of Savannah’s District 1 alderman in 1982, and in 1991, he was elected to serve as alderman-at-large for Post 1. Adams was then elected to serve as the Mayor of Savannah in 1995. Adams was the first African-American elected to a city-wide post in Savannah, as well as the first African-American elected to serve as mayor of the City of Savannah.