Fannie Phelps Adams
Fannie Phelps Adams, 95, lives in the Wheeler Hill community of Columbia, S.C. wheFannie Phelps Adams, 95, lives in the Wheeler Hill community of Columbia, S.C. where she grew up and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1934. She was the eighth of 10 children in her family.
Drawn to education, she graduated from Allen University in 1938 and earned her master’s degree in 1953 from South Carolina State University. She did additional study at Columbia University, North Carolina College in Durham and Fisk University in Nashville.
She taught at Booker T. Washington Heights Elementary School, now Watkins-Nance Elementary, from 1938 – 1943, before joining the faculty at Booker T. Washington High School, where she taught English and social studies and served as a guidance counselor, assistant principal and acting principal until the school’s closing in 1974. She went on to serve as assistant principal of A.C. Flora High School until she retired in 1978. Upon her retirement the Booker T. Washington Foundation honored the beloved educator with a scholarship in her honor.
Her commitment to the community extends beyond education and includes leadership at St. James AME Church. She has earned numerous awards from her church and other faith communities. She has received honors and awards, including ones by the Richland County Education Association, the S.C. Education Association and the National Education Association.
She is the director of the Wheeler Hill Neighborhood Association and serves on USC’s President’s Community Advisory Committee. She is a former board member of Palmetto Health Richland, a charter member of Palmetto Health Richland Children’s Hospital, a volunteer with the Senior Citizen Food Co-Op and a member of the NAACP.
Adams and her late husband David King Adams have one daughter, a grandson and two great-grandchildren.