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William L. Adams interview


William Lloyd "Little Willie" Adams (1914-2011) was a prominent Black businessman, venture capitalist, and community leader in Baltimore, Maryland. He financed numerous Black-owned businesses such as Parks Sausage Co. and Super Pride supermarkets. His wife, Victorine Q. Adams, was the first Black woman on the Baltimore City Council. In this oral history interview, Adams discusses the segregated facilities he encountered when he moved to Baltimore and his efforts in the 1940s to integrate the golf courses. He explains his involvement in local politics and describes the importance of taverns as gathering places for political operations. Adams also provides his thoughts on Lillie May Carroll Jackson and Juanita Jackson Mitchell as civil rights leaders.




Contributor(s) Notes

Narrator: William L. Adams
Interviewer: Charles Wagandt

Production Note

The McKeldin-Jackson Project was an effort to examine the Maryland civil rights movement of the mid-20th century through the medium of oral history by focusing on the roles played by pioneering freedom fighter Lillie May Carroll Jackson and Theodore R. McKeldin, who was Mayor of Baltimore (1943-1947, 1963-1967), Governor of Maryland (1951-1959), and an advocate for civil rights. The project was sponsored by the Maryland Historical Society and was supported in part by a grant from the Maryland Committee for the Humanities and Public Policy.


Object ID

OH 8210


Audio: 122 minutes
Transcript: 73 pages

Catalog Number

OH 8210

Resource ID


Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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