Monroeville, Al., has been known for stories of racial injustice, as detailed in To Kill a Mockingbird and Just Mercy, but it is now making headlines because of an historic first. Monroeville has just elected its first African-American mayor, Charles Andrews. Andrews has broken through many barriers, including being the first Black state trooper to rise to the rank of Major and the first Black interim director of the department. “I am overwhelmed with gratitude as I accept the great honor of being the mayor of ALL the citizens of Monroe. I promise to represent all of you to the best of my ability, which includes those who voted for me and those who didn’t,” said Andrews.

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