Mahlon Adams was born in Greensboro May 24, 1923. Her family moved to Charlotte in 1967, and she was a founding member of her neighborhood's community organization. As Charlotte grew in the 1980s, Adams became an advocate for more citizen involvement, especially in zoning and land-use issues. She was appointed to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Committee in the 1990s after she'd sought the position for more than a decade. Adams played a large role in the redesign of Freedom Park where there is a pavilion there is named in her honor. She passed away March 12, 2012.
The Charlotte Observer obituary, March 19, 2012