The Honorable Mayor Brendon Moses Barber, Sr., the first African American Mayor of Georgetown, SC, was honored at a Citywide Celebration on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at the Howard Center in Georgetown. The citizens of Georgetown, visitors from surrounding areas and cities, native Georgetonians from across the country and the Mayor’s family members were in attendance at this historic event. Between the hours of 1:00 and 5:30 p.m., the celebration included entertainment by various youth dance, singing and cheerleading groups, soloists and poets; remarks from community leaders, the Mayor’s classmates and family. The Mayor’s niece, international recording artist, Alexis Jordan, rendered a special selection of “At Last” a 1941 song written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren, and recorded by artists such as the late Etta James. The Mayor shared his vision for a “One Georgetown.”
The event culminated with an inspirational closing by the Reverend Dr. Sandy Drayton, Presiding Elder of the Palmetto Conference, Georgetown District of the African Methodist Episcopal
Church. A Ceremonial Swearing-In was held on Thursday, January 18, at the first City Council Meeting under the new administration. The Oath of Office for the Mayor was administered
by South Carolina State Representative Reverend Dr. Carl Anderson, Pastor, Greater St. Steven AME Church.
Mayor Barber is a 7th generation resident of Georgetown, and his family roots are deep and strong in Georgetown County. A brief history of the city, as shared on the City’s website, states that Georgetown is the third oldest city in South Carolina following Charleston and Beaufort. It was founded in 1729, but was the probable site of the first European settlement in 1526. Georgetown is the County Seat with a population of approximately 10,000, and is adjacent to the Low Country areas of Murrell’s Inlet, Pawley’s Island, and Litchfield Beach, SC.