African American Mayors Archives

Saluting America’s Black Male Mayors

April 15, 2021

The first African American mayors were elected during Reconstruction in the southern states beginning in 1867. Nine years later, white supremacists and a resurgent Democratic Party made it difficult for African Americans to vote in elections due to racial discrimination, such as Jim Crow Laws. But due to the civil rights movement and passage of… [Read More]

Tishaura Jones elected St. Louis’ first Black female mayor

April 15, 2021

Tishaura Jones on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, was elected mayor of St. Louis and will become the city’s first Black woman to hold that office after running on a progressive platform and a promise to reform and revitalize the city. Jones, the city’s treasurer, beat Alderwoman Cara Spencer by 2,280 votes, according to the final… [Read More]

The History of Our First African American Mayors

April 15, 2021

By Tann vom Hove, Senior Fellow, City Mayors Research* Black Americans have become instrumental in US local government December 2020: It is thought that America‚Äôs first elected black mayors were Pierre Caliste Landry from Donaldsonville in southern Louisiana and Stephen Swails from Kingstree, South Carolina. Both men were elected in 1868, the year the 14th… [Read More]