ST. LOUIS – History was made today in St. Louis when Tishaura Jones was sworn in as the city’s 47th mayor. Former City Treasurer Tishaura Jones is the first Black woman in history to run the city.
Jones was sworn in along with Comptroller Darlene Green in the rotunda. The new mayor was sworn in by Missouri Court of Appeals Judge Angela Turner Quigless and Green by U.S. District Judge Ronnie White.
Tishaura Jones has called systemic racism the biggest obstacle to progress in St. Louis, and the city’s new mayor used her inauguration speech on Tuesday to pledge to fight back against all types of discrimination.
Jones was sworn in during a coronavirus-mandated socially distanced ceremony at City Hall that included fewer than 100 people on the first-floor, seated six feet apart, though many others watched from balconies.
Jones, a Democrat, is St. Louis’ third Black mayor, but the first Black woman to lead the city. Jones noted that she’ll walk into an office her ancestors couldn’t have imagined she would occupy.
Jones previously served as city treasurer since 2013.