Eugene Avery Adams Papers, 1892-1968

South Caroliniana Library

Eugene Avery Adams (1886-1958) was a minister in the African American Episcopal Church and a leader in the fields of education, civil rights, and business. He was a founder of Bell Street High School in Columbia and a trustee of Allen University. He also helped start the South Carolina Citizens Committee, a state-wide organization that advocated for voting rights and equal teacher pay. Furthermore, he served as president of the Columbia branch of the NAACP. With respect business, he was one of the founders of Victory Savings Bank.

Adams was born in Cokesbury, S.C. and graduated from Johnson C. Smith University (Charlotte, N.C.) and Payne Theological Seminary of Wilberforce University (Ohio). He was the husband of Charity Nash Adams. They had four children, including daughter Charity Edna Early, who attained rank of Lieutenant in the WACS during World War II; Eugene A. Adams, Jr., who worked for the U.S. State Dept.; Lucy Rose Adams, Ph.D., who served as head of the Business Dept. at Florida A & M University; and AME Bishop John Hurst Adams, who has been a national leader in the fields of education, civil rights, and community development.

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