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October 22, 2000 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not even a week into his term as Selma's first black mayor, James Perkins Jr. had to stand face to face with a cast-iron reminder of his town's openly racist ways. There, under one of the arching, graying oak trees that line the streets and make Selma feel as old as it is, glared Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general who died 123 years ago. No matter that the great cavalry man had been reduced to a hollow bust and block of granite.
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October 22, 2000 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not even a week into his term as Selma's first black mayor, James Perkins Jr. had to stand face to face with a cast-iron reminder of his town's openly racist ways. There, under one of the arching, graying oak trees that line the streets and make Selma feel as old as it is, glared Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general who died 123 years ago. No matter that the great cavalry man had been reduced to a hollow bust and block of granite.
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