Montgomery, site of historic bus boycott, elects first black mayor in its 200-year history

The Alabama city served as the first capital of the Confederate States of America, and about a century and a half later was the site of the historic bus boycott.

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By Allan Smith

Montgomery, Alabama, site of the historic Montgomery bus boycott, is set to get its first black mayor in the city's 200-year history, with Probate Judge Steven Reed winning roughly two-thirds of the total vote in Tuesday's election.

Reed, a judge for Montgomery County, defeated David Woods by winning about 67 percent of the vote. Reed will replace current Mayor Todd Strange, who did not seek reelection.

“If there was any doubt about what we can do when we come together, when we unify this city, let the record show tonight ... we (can) build around positivity, around opportunity, and all the things that tie us together,” Reed said Tuesday night, NBC-affiliate WSFA reported.

Reed will be sworn into office next month.

Montgomery, first incorporated in 1819, served as the first capital of the Confederate States of America, and about a century later was the site of the bus boycott, a seminal moment in the civil rights movement.

Montgomery had been one of three cities with a population greater than 100,000 in the six Deep South states that had not previously elected a black mayor, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.