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Pierre Caliste Landry (1841 – 1921)

Pierre Caliste Landry (1841 – 1921) made history by becoming the first African American elected as a mayor in the United States.  He was born enslaved.  His mother, Marcelite, was an enslaved plantation cook.  His father, Roseman Landry was a white laborer.  He was sent to live with a free African American couple who enrolled him in a local school for free children.  It was the wish of Landry’s owner that he be freed, upon the owner’s death.  However, to settle the owner’s debts at the time of his death, Landry was sold for $1,665 to Marius St. Colombe Bringer, owner of the Houmas Plantation.  Residing in the plantation mansion, Landry was able to continue his schooling, and, was designated as superintendent of the yard.  He was permitted to go into business with the plantation’s head butler.  Together they operated a store on the plantation. Continue reading “Pierre Caliste Landry: First African American Mayor In The U.S.”