Herenton’s Long Legacy

The former mayor’s journey through City Hall and his quest to return

By , Daily Memphian Updated: August 26, 2019 4:08 PM CT | Published: August 26, 2019 4:00 AM CT

Former mayor Willie Herenton is the city's longest-serving mayor and its first elected African-American mayor, with a colorful legacy. His bid to return after a decade away is the next chapter in that legacy.

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2019 Memphis Elections Jim Strickland Tami Sawyer Willie Herenton
Bill Dries

Bill Dries

Bill Dries covers city government and politics. He is a native Memphian and has been a reporter for more than 40 years.


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