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Jackson Remembers Mayor Chokwe Lumumba

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At Jackson City Hall the official mourning has begun for the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, where flags were lowered to half-staff and the front doors of the building adorned with wreaths. And a posted sign at City Hall's entrance bears Lumumba's photo along with his mayoral campaign slogan "one city, one aim, one destiny."    

"The city has to move on so we're really now trying to figure out how we delicately do that as well as honor the legacy of Mayor Lumumba," Ward 6 councilman Tony Yarber.

To make sure the city doesn't miss a beat in this period of uncertainty, Wednesday morning acting mayor Charles Tillman met with department heads and Lumumba’s administrative staff. 

"To assure them that we want to carry on the legacy of the mayor and the mayor has selected them to carry out his vision. I wanted to assure them I will be here to support them," Tillman said.

One of those department heads was police Chief Lindsey Horton, who was wearing a black band over his badge for the man who selected him to lead the city's police force. 

Tillman says he has no plan to make any changes in city government.

And council members expressed confidence that several development projects Lumumba helped to push forward won't be hindered by the mayor's untimely death.

"Mayor Chokwe Lumumba was able to do some stuff that nobody's been able to do and that is to convince people that Jackson was open for business and to do that and not alienate a group of people… I think that caught people off guard."

By law, the council has 30 days after the mayor’s death on Tuesday evening to set a date for a special election to fill the more than three years left in Lumumba’s term. 

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