Victoria Gray Adams, who helped open Freedom Schools that pushed for civil rights in Mississippi in 1964 and became a founding member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, died Saturday at her home in Petersburg, Va., friends said. She was 73.
Adams was a Hattiesburg, Miss. native. Along with Fannie Lou Hamer and others, she attempted to unseat the all-white Mississippi Democratic Party delegation during the 1964 Democratic National Convention at Atlantic City, N.J.
While they did not replace the all-white group, the Freedom Democrats brought national attention to Mississippi's racial and political divisions.
In 2004, Adams and others who formed the party were recognized at the Democratic convention in Boston for their trailblazing role.
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