Floyd Adams Jr., the first African American elected as Mayor of Savannah passed away on Saturday, February 1, at the age 68. Adams was publisher of the Savannah Herald, and a longtime city councilman when he was elected Savannah’s 63rd mayor in 1995.
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.”
Adams ran unopposed for a second term and stayed in office through 2003.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah, 2 children Kenneth Adams and Khristi Adams Chisholm, grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 6, 6-8pm at Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church located on Bay and Fell Sts. The funeral will be held on Friday, February 7, 11am at St James Catholic Church located on Whitefield Ave. & Montgomery Crossroads.