It's been an historic week in Philadelphia, Mississippi, a town better known for one of the ugliest chapters of the civil rights movement. For the first time, Philadelphia, Mississippi elected an African-American Mayor. Tonight, we'll introduce you to James Young.
"Who would have thought a little 'ole country boy like me would be Mayor of Philadelphia, Mississippi in '09? I couldnt even have wrote that in a fairy tale, " Young told CNN's Ed Lavandera.
Flashback to 1964 and you'll understand why Young said what he did.
That was when three civil rights workers were ambushed and murdered on a country road near Philadelphia. The story of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner's deaths are immortalized in the movie "Mississippi Burning."
Jim Prince, the publisher of Neshoba Democrat, a local newspaper, says that wound is finally healing.
"This city is 55 percent white so the fact that Philadelphia, Mississippi with its notorious past could elect a black man as Mayor, it might be time to quit picking on Philadelphia," said Prince.
Join us for this story and much more tonight on AC360°, starting at 10pm ET.
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