Alabama Senate Votes to Protect Oldest Black Run City

The state Senate votes unanimously to protect Alabama’s oldest black-run city from challenges to its municipality status.The Senate passed the bill sponsored Representative Barbara Boyd that would grant city status to any entity formed in 1896 or afterward - provided it has functioned continuously as a city.

Hobson City was founded in 1899, and was the first all-black city in Alabama. For several decades, white political leaders have attempted to pose legal challenges to the city’s existence. The bill passed the House last month with almost no opposition and moved through the Senate with little comment.

The bill will need Governor Kay Ivey’s signature to become a law.


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