- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Victoria Gray Adams, who helped open Freedom Schools that pushed for civil rights in Mississippi in 1964, died Aug. 12 at her home in Petersburg, Va. She was 73. Friends said she had cancer and had been ill for some time.

Miss Adams was a native of Hattiesburg, Miss. Along with Fannie Lou Hamer and others, she attempted to unseat the all-white Mississippi Democratic Party delegation during the 1964 Democratic National Convention at Atlantic City, N.J.

Although they did not replace the all-white group, the Freedom Democrats brought national attention to Mississippi’s racial and political divisions.

In 2004, Miss Adams and others who formed the party were recognized at the Democratic convention in Boston for their trailblazing role.

A remembrance is planned in Baltimore on Friday and Saturday. Memorial services are planned for Aug. 26 in Petersburg and Sept. 9 in Hattiesburg.


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