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Lewis Greenleaf Adams

Alma materYale University (1920), Ecole des Beaux Arts (1926)
AwardsF.B. Morse Prize (1935) Sherrill Prize (1936)
BornNovember 23, 1897 Lenox, Massachusetts
DiedNovember 29, 1977 New York Hospital , New York City
OccupationArchitect
PracticePrincipal in Lewis Greenleaf Adams , Adams & Prentice , Partner in Adams & Woodbridge , Mamfeldt, Adams & Prentice , and Mamfeldt, Adams & Woodbridge

Lewis Greenleaf Adams, president of the Architectural League of New York in 1954 and 1955, died Tuesday in New York Hospital after a brief illness. He was 80 years old and lived at 544 East 86 Street here. Mr. Adams, who graduated from Yale University in 1920, was a retired partner of Architectural firm of Adam & Woodbridge in New York. He previously was partner in the firm of Adams & Prentice from 1929 to 1941 after having been associated with Delano & Aldrich. In 1926, he was Diplome Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris. Some of his works include All Saints Chapel, Princeton; Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, NY; Freshman Dormitory and Infirmary at Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, and Episcopal Church Center in New York City. During World War I, he was ensign United States Navy, and was Commander in the Naval Reserve in World War H.

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Lewis Adams was an African-American former slave in Macon County, Alabama, who is best remembered for his work in helping found a school in 1881 in Tuskegee, Alabama, which grew to become a Normal School that with its first principal, Booker T Washington, grew to become Tuskegee University. Little is known of Adams' early life. It is know, however, that despite having no formal education, Adams could read, write, and speak several languages. He was an experienced tinsmith, harness-maker, and shoemaker. He was married to sallie Sarah Adams, with whom he had sixteen children. He was acknowledged leader of the county's African-American community. Adams was especially concerned that, without education, recently free former slaves would not be able to fully support themselves. There were no institutions at that time to teach them essential skills. In partnership with a white former slave owner, Adams established a school in 1874. In 1880, Adams was approached on behalf of two white candidates seeking election to the Alabama Senate. He was asked what it would take to get the votes of the community's black citizens. Rather than requesting and / or accepting personal gifts, common practice, he made deal with the Democratic Party in Montgomery, promising to secure the African-American vote if funding would be provided for the Normal School for African Americans at Tuskegee. He and banker, George W Campbell, another former slave-owner skillfully convinced the Alabama Legislature to begin funding US 2 000 annually for negro Normal School in Tuskegee starting in 1881. Lewis Adams then recruit and hire another former slave, Booker T. Washington, upon recommendation of General Samuel C. Armstrong, founder and principal of Normal School for blacks in Hampton, Virginia, to become first principal. From a humble beginning in a small school in a local church out-building on July 4 1881, school moved in 1882 to 100 acres of plantation farmland, purchased with 200 personal loan from the treasurer of Washington's former School. Lewis Adams later served as translator of Italian, French and German for Booker T. Washington when he traveled to Europe. Lewis Adams' daughter Virginia Adams was the first graduate of Tuskegee Normal School to receive a diploma from Booker T. Washington, who led Tuskegee and, later, to some extent, led the nation in race relations. Like Lewis Adams, Dr. Washington embraces the concept that former slaves need practical job skills to support themselves and their families. Lewis Adams and Booker T. Washington had an uncle / nephew relationship with Adams guiding Washington throughout the Tuskegee community. Adams and his family helped Washington galvanize support among African-Americans in the Tuskegee community to support growing school. Together, Adams and Washington built the school into a self-contain, self-reliant community. Lewis Adams died in 1905. In addition to building the School in Tuskegee, Washington became a famous orator and secured major funding from wealthy American philanthropists such as Andrew Carnegie, Collis P. Huntington, John D. Rockefeller, and Henry Huttleston Rogers. Despite his travels and widespread work, Dr.

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