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5 African-American Men Became the First Black Mayor on Election Day

Jamal Muhammad November 9, 2017
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Moments like these make you proud to be Black. #ElectionDay

Yesterday, Black politicians had a historical moment because several cities across the country elected the first African-American mayor. Reading headlines from many media sources shows signs that our country is moving in progressive route.

For instances, Andrea Jenkins became the first Black transgender women to become a mayor and she won the Minneapolis City Council, according to The Washington Post.

“Transgender people have been here forever, and black transgender people have been here forever. I’m really proud to have achieved that status,” said Jenkins in The Washington Post interview.

Hundreds of Black people since 1860, when former slave and politician Pierre Caliste Landry was the first Black mayor of a town in the United States, were elected the first African-American to take leading seat at their local City Hall.

There were nine Black politicians who voted in the mayor’s office, five were Black men and Black women. However, we decided to highlight five African-American who won on Election Day:

Melvin Carter; first Black mayor of St. Paul, MN

The first Black mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota

 

Wilmot Collins; the first Black mayor of Helena, MT

The first Black mayor of Helena, Montana

 

Brendon Barber; the first Black mayor of Georgetown, SC

The first Black mayor of Georgetown, South Carolina

 

 Jonathan McCollar; the first black mayor of Statesboro, GA

The first Black mayor of Statesboro, Georgia

 

Booker Gainor; the first Black mayor of Cairo, GA

The first Black mayor of Cairo, Georgia

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