Annapolis' first black mayor, John T. Chambers Jr., dies Friday

Annapolis' first black mayor, John Thomas Chambers Jr., died Friday morning of a heart attack, according to statement from the City of Annapolis

Chambers, who would have turned 83 on Tuesday, was appointed mayor by city council colleagues in 1981 after Republican Mayor John C. Apostol resigned and Apostol's successor committed suicide.

Chambers served from April 12 to June 7, 1981, before Richard Hillman was elected to succeed him, according to a statement on the city's website.

Before becoming mayor, Chambers was an alderman for 14 years. He was first elected in Ward 7 in 1967 and was later elected to represent Ward 3.

He was a Republican for most of his life, but became a Democrat after leaving elected office.

The city's statement said Chambers grew up in Parole, where his father, the Rev. John T. Chambers Sr., was one of the founders of the Anne Arundel County branch of the NAACP.

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