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    MAYOR OF SPRINGFIELD LAST NIGHT AND CALLED IT A GREAT MOMENT FOR HIS RACE.

    THE COMMISSION,?

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    This kinescope shows a Negro, Robert Henry, who was elected mayor of Springfield. It also shows an interview by an NBC reporter with Dr. Nathan Feinsinger, head of a three-man panel of mediators who is trying to end the transit strike. As you can see he is at the point of collapse from the endless talks.




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    Background: MAYOR OF SPRINGFIELD LAST NIGHT AND CALLED IT A GREAT MOMENT FOR HIS RACE.

    THE COMMISSION, LIKE SPRINGFIELD'S POPULATION FOURTH-FIFTHS WHITE, UNANIMOUSLY INSTALLED HENRY, 44, AS ITS PRESIDING OFFICER--MAYOR--FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS.

    AND, AS HENRY NOTED IN HIS FIRST REMARKS AS MAYOR, IN MRS. BETTY BRUNK THE COMMISSION WAS INITIATING ITS FIRST WOMAN MEMBER.

    OUTGOING MAYOR M. K. BAACH, NOW A PRIVATE CITIZEN, TOLD THE COMMISSION THEY HAD MADE A "WISE CHOICE" AND PREDICTED THAT HENRY "WILL DO A MOST ADEQUATE JOB."
    HENRY, A FUNERAL DIRECTOR, WAS WINDING UP A FIRST FOUR-YEAR TERM OF THE FIVE-MEMBER COMMISSION LAST NOVEMBER WHEN RE-ELECTED. HE RECEIVED THE LARGEST VOTE OF ANY CANDIDATE FOR THE THREE COMMISSION SEATS AT STAKE. HE IS A REPUBLICAN BUT MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS ARE NON-PARTISAN.

    WITH THE CITY UNDER A COMMISSION-CITY MANAGER GOVERNMENT, HENRY'S DUTIES AS MAYOR ARE CHIEFLY CEREMONIAL.

    THERE WASN'T ANY GREAT TURNOUT OF VOTERS FROM THE ESTIMATED 17 PER CENT SEGMENT OF THE POPULATION THAT IS NEGRO.

    HENRY IS A REGISTERED REPUBLICAN IN A LARGELY REPUBLICAN CITY BUT NEVER HAS STRESSED PARTY.

    HENRY'S WIFE, BETTY, AND THREE CHILDREN--ROBERT JR., 13, ALLEN, 10, AND LISA, 8--WITNESSED THE CEREMONIES.

    IN ATLANTA, GA., THE FIRST NEGRO ELECTED TO THE ATLANTA ALDERMANIC BOARD IN MODERN TIMES HAS TAKEN HIS SEAT ON THE 1966 BOARD.

    Q. V. WILLIAMSON, A REAL ESTATE DEALER, RAN AS A REPUBLICAN AND DEFEATED VETERAN ALDERMAN JAMES VICKERS, A WHITE DEMOCRAT, IN THE CITY PRIMARY LAST YEAR. HE WAS SWORN IN YESTERDAY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF3RPKP4PNVDQYABMQOFZSMCR1
    Media URN:
    VLVAF3RPKP4PNVDQYABMQOFZSMCR1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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