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Memphis’ First African-American Mayor Dies at 76

J. O. Patterson Jr., the politician and clergyman who was the first African American to assume the office of mayor in Memphis, Tenn., succumbed to kidney failure on Saturday. He was 76.

He was appointed interim mayor of Memphis 1982 after Wyeth Chandler stepped down to become a circuit court judge, and also served as the bishop of the Church of God in Christ and a pastor at Pentecostal Temple.

Mr. Patterson was born on May 28, 1935 in Memphis to the late Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, Inc., J.O. Patterson Sr. and Deborah M. Patterson and was the grandson of the COGIC founder, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason.



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