Francis Wilson Wims, or more affectionately known as Wims to his family and friends, was a prominent member of the Clarksburg Community. His family’s history in Montgomery County dates as far back as the early 1800’s. Wilson Wims grew up in a time of segregation and unequal rights for African Americans. He worked as a building foreman for Bowling and Gardiner Contractors in the 1940s. After 1947, he was self-employed as a builder, master carpenter, and brick mason in Clarksburg, MD. He started building homes along Weems Road (now known as Wims Rd) and hired young black workers. He also created a “rent to own” program for African American families who couldn’t otherwise afford to live in the DC area. His contribution to the community didn’t just start and end in Clarksburg. He also helped build Lincoln Park, the first housing project in Montgomery County.
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