City Honors Families Involved with Change of Jackson Government

WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff

JACKSON, Tenn.- 25 years ago the way the City of Jackson was run was very different. Back then, there was no city council but a three-person city commission.

Tuesday, three of the people who helped spearhead the change to a system that allowed for more racial equality were honored with a plaque at City Hall.

Genevieve Brooks, James Buchanan and Reverend William Seals led the 11-year struggle. One of their nephews said the opportunity to be involved was an honor.

"Before you could never elect any African American city council members and surely no mayors, there were only an at-large system where everyone voted as a city and of course that diluted the black vote and they were never able to elect someone who looked like them," said Councilman Ernest Brooks, nephew of Genevieve Brooks.

The Champions of Change plaque will be on display at City Hall.


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