Adams Street was renamed ‘Emma Reed Way’ Tuesday afternoon, for Emma Reed, a longtime local educator. Reed served as both a teacher and principal for many years in Mobile schools and serves as a community leader.
“Mrs. Reed is an amazing asset to both the Lafayette Heights neighborhood and our community as a whole,” Councilman Levon Manzie said. “She has touched countless lives through her work in our schools and as a community leader.”
Reed worked as a teacher at what is now M.W. Burroughs Elementary School, Fonville Elementary and several other schools before serving as a principal at both Gorgas and Craighead Elementary schools. After retiring from Mobile County Public School System, she continued to devote herself to the field of education. She first worked as the director of student teachers at the University of South Alabama and then as director of the Head Start Program at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic School.
She has also been an active community member and leader in the Lafayette Heights neighborhood, where she has lived for over 60 years. For the past 17 of those years, she has served as secretary of the Lafayette Heights Community Association.
Reed is a longtime member of Toulminville-Warren United Methodist Church. She was married to the late Mr. Simmie Reed for more than 50 years. She is the mother of Dr. Joaquin Willis of Miami, Fla. and the late Mrs. Rhonda Willis Mosley. She has several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
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