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CityLab Daily: The Nation's First Confederate Capital Elects a Black Mayor

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Stars fell on Alabama: Earlier this week, Steven Reed won two-thirds of the vote to become the first African-American mayor of Montgomery, Alabama—in its 200th year of existence. Reed’s win adds to the growing number of black mayors currently governing major southern cities, including Richmond, Birmingham, Charlotte, Jackson, New Orleans, and Atlanta. But Reed’s win resonates beyond Montgomery for other historic reasons.