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John W. Wormack, Sr

John W. Wormack, Sr, 1905-1993 Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


John W. Wormack, Sr.

John Wormack was a retired Baltimore and Ohio Railroad employee who for many years had been active in a variety of civic and community service organizations. He is also the first African-American to seek political office in the City of Cumberland and as such was elected and served as Commissioner of Streets and Public Property for a four-year term from 1974 to 1978. John also served as a member and Chairman of the Community Relations Commission for the City of Cumberland for a period of over eleven years.

This campaign ad for John W. Wormack Sr. appeared in an April 1982 edition of the Cumberland News. John Wormack received 829 votes in the May 4, 1982 Primary Election for City Council, and finished tenth in a field of thirteen candidates. Unfortunately, this was not enough to place him among the top eight finishers who would go onto the General Election.

In 1989 the City of Cumberland issued an official proclamation proclaiming June 9, 1989 as, "John W. Wormack, Sr. Day."


Text and April 1978 photograph provided by the City of Cumberland


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Allegany County, Maryland

African Americans, History; Allegany County (Md.), History.

Allegany County (Md.), 1890-2008

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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