February 25, 2014
After the death of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, Judge Melvin Priester Sr. (left) swore in Council President Charles Tillman as acting mayor of Jackson. Melvin Priester Jr. (center) became council president, and Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon (far right) looks on.
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The news that Mayor Chokwe Lumumba has died is rattling the city.