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Honoring Lelia Davis, The First Black Woman Mayor In US History

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Honoring Lelia Davis, The First Black Woman Mayor In US History

By: Mike Glover via

TAFT, Oklahoma – 

In 1973, Lelia Foley-Davis was elected the mayor of Taft, Oklahoma. This made her the first African American woman to be elected mayor in the United States.

“I’m 79. I was born November 2, 1941. I will be 80 in a few days, but I have a lot of work to do,” said Foley-Davis. 

Born and raised in the all-black town of Taft, Oklahoma, Foley-Davis served as mayor until 1989. During that time, she would confer with three U.S. presidents. 

“Everybody was playing with the dog that President Ford had running around the White House, which was a golden retriever. I said, ‘President Ford, I’m Lelia Foley, the mayor of Taft, and I didn’t come to Washington to talk to you about a dog,’” she said…

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