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Category: Black Belt

The swath of formerly rich farmland from Meridian, Mississippi to Tuskegee, Alabama. So-called for its black soil and for its slave-holding plantations

Montgomery’s Mayoral Election, 2019

Today, August 27, the people of Montgomery, Alabama will elect a new mayor, and the result will likely be historic. Current mayor Todd Strange, who was elected in 2007 when then-mayor Bobby Bright was elected to the US House of Representatives, is not seeking re-election, and of the twelve qualifying candidates, most of them, including most of the frontrunners, are African-American. Put bluntly, Montgomery will probably have its first-ever black mayor. As a place, Montgomery is heavy with symbolism and history. Of course, it was the first capitol of the… Read more Montgomery’s Mayoral Election, 2019