John H. Adams served six years in Richmond's government representing Jackson Ward, two years on the city
council and four years as an alderman. Adams hailed from a successful free black family, and received a bachelor's degree from a Pennsylvania college in 1873. A plasterer by trade,
he became involved with the African American religious and spiritual community. He helped his
neighborhood, created as a gerrymandered constituency to limit black political power,
improve its schools, str. . .
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