Phillip West Sworn In As First Black Natchez, MS, Mayor

July 2004
Jet;7/19/2004, Vol. 106 Issue 3, p4
The article reports that at least 650 people were on hand for the recent swearing-in ceremony of Natchez, Mississippi's first Black mayor since Reconstruction. Phillip West, former state representative, county supervisor and civil rights activist, beat seven other candidates and won the race by only 100 votes. West expressed hope that he will be able to lead Natchez to reconciliation and economic prosperity. West acknowledged his narrow victory margin, as well as the fact Natchez's political factions are alive and well. Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove said that while West's election was historic, the people of Natchez elected a well-respected leader regardless of his race.


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