First Black to Serve in Mississippi Legislature

Robert Clark, First Black to Serve in Mississippi Legislature, is Honored on 50th Anniversary of Election.


Robert Clark, the first African American elected to the state Legislature since the 1800s, said his priority as a member was for everybody “to pull together for a better Mississippi.”

Clark, age 88, reiterated that theme repeatedly during a ceremony Wednesday at the Old Capitol Museum commemorating the 50th anniversary of his historic election to the Mississippi House from rural Holmes County on the fringes of the Delta.

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