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Remembering Cincinnati civil rights pioneer, Juanita Adams

Juanita Adams  TONY JONES PHOTO

Juanita Adams
TONY JONES PHOTO

Cincinnati civil rights pioneer Juanita Adams joined the ancestors May 23. Ms. Adams was a long-time ambassador and supporter of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati and her influence on both the center and on the city of Cincinnati will truly be missed.

Early in life she ignored advice that being an African American would limit her career options. Ms. Adams spanned a 40-year career in management with the city of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Health Department, and retired as Cincinnati registrar: Director of vital records.

She also served as both vice president and president of the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP, and was active in many other community activities, including the Urban League and Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.

Ms. Adams was also the mother of Anthony Adams, a successful attorney in Detroit, Michigan, who served as the city’s deputy mayor and president of the board of education.

“The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center was built on, and is upheld by, men and women such as Ms. Adams who dedicate their time and resources to our cause of spreading freedom,” said Clarence G. Newsome, Ph.D., Freedom Center president.

“We at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center were saddened to hear the news (of Ms. Adams’ passing). We are grateful for her support of the center and our prayers are with her family during this difficult time,” said Newsome.

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