From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Adams, William T.

(born: 1912  -  died: 1974) 

When the second African American firehouse in Louisville, KY, opened in 1937, Adams was among the first group of firemen. In 1939 he was promoted to lieutenant, and in 1941 he became a captain. Adams would become the first African American put in charge of a predominantly white company in Louisville. He was named assistant chief in 1967. For more see B. M. Tyler, "William T. Adams (1912-1974): African-American firefighter, Louisville, Kentucky," Filson Club History Quarterly, vol. 73, issue 3, pp. 284-293. See photo image of William T. Adams on p.46 in African-American Life in Louisville by B. M. Tyler [at Google Books]


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NKAA Source: Filson history quarterly (periodical)

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