Private Collection of E. M. Adams

About E.M. Adams

Born in 1927 in Wheelock, TX, Estelle Mitchell Adams is the last surviving grandchild of Georgia slaves, Sam Mitchell and Lucy Stubbs, who came to Texas in 1895 with five of their six children. Seven more children were born to them after their arrival in Texas. Much of the information contained in the Private Collection of E. M. Adams is from stories heard and witnessed from Adams' childhood about the African-American community of Wheelock and the county or Robertson, TX.

E. M. Adams received her education in the Wheelock Colored School, E.A. Kemp High School in Bryan, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in History from Bishop College, a Master degree from Prairie View University, and post-graduate work from Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX. She taught in Hearne, TX, Wheelock, TX., Bryan, TX, and retired from Dallas Independent School District after 37 years of teaching in Texas. She is currently the chairperson for the black portion of the Wheelock Cemetery, organizer of the annual Mitchell Family Reunion, which raises funds for the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Wheelock.

E. M. Adams became interested in preserving the role African-American community members played in Wheelock and Robertson County after reading a book on Robertson County that omitted many of the names and accomplishments of the African-American in the community.


Estelle Mitchell Adams



12343 Oberlin Dr.
Dallas TX 75243

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