Ferguson has elected the first black - and female - mayor in its history, six years after a white cop shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown sparking protests across the city.
Ella Jones, 65, was voted in Tuesday, beating opponent Heather Robinett and making her the first African-American and first woman elected as mayor of the Missouri city.
Jones' victory came as Ferguson has been rocked by fresh protests this week, as the death of black man George Floyd in Minneapolis has reignited the outrage over Brown's killing back in 2014.
'I've got work to do - because when you're an African-American woman, they require more of you than they require of my counterpart,' Jones said in a video posted online Tuesday night following the news she had taken 54 percent of the vote.
Ella Jones, 65, was voted in Tuesday, beating opponent Heather Robinett and making her the first African-American and first woman elected as mayor of the Missouri city
'I know the people in Ferguson are ready to stabilize their community, and we're going to work together to get it done.'
Jones, who became the first black Ferguson City Council member back in 2015 and is also a pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, has long called for an overhaul to the city's law enforcement.
In her mayoral campaign, she vowed to push forward changes started after Brown's killing including a federal consent decree to reform the Ferguson police department.
This week's historic vote comes six years on from the death of unarmed black teenager Brown who was shot six times and killed by white cop Darren Wilson on August 9 2014.
Protests erupted across the city following Brown's death, with demonstrators using the slogan 'Hands up, don't shoot' following the eyewitness account from the teenager's friend Dorian Johnson who said Brown had held his hands up in surrender when the officer fatally shot him.
A grand jury and the Department of Justice then decided not to charge the cop over Brown's death.
This week's historic vote comes six years on from the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown (pictured) who was shot six times and killed by white cop Darren Wilson on August 9 2014
2014: A protester hurls a tear gas canister back at cops during a protest over Brown's death
2014: Protests erupted across the city, with demonstrators using the slogan 'Hands up, don't shoot' following the eyewitness account from the teenager's friend Dorian Johnson who said Brown had held his hands up in surrender when the officer fatally shot him
This sparked renewed protests, some of which descended into rioting and looting in the streets of Ferguson.
Tensions between the African-American community and Ferguson police have escalated again this week, following the death of Floyd.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed during his arrest last Monday when a white cop knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while he begged him to stop and told him 'I can't breathe'.
His death has triggered protests across America as people demand justice for Floyd and call for an end to systemic police brutality and racism against African-Americans.
George Floyd, a 46-year-old black father of two, (left) was killed in Minneapolis last Monday when white police officer Derek Chauvin (right) knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes despite him repeatedly begging for the cop to stop and saying 'I can't breathe'
2020: Protesters march through Ferguson Sunday demanding justice over Floyd's death
2020: In Ferguson, peaceful daytime protests have descended into chaos at nightfall with cops firing tear gas into crowds and rioters looting and starting fires
In scenes reminiscent of 2014, peaceful daytime protests in Ferguson have descended into chaos at nightfall with cops firing tear gas into crowds and rioters looting and starting fires.
At the weekend, a state of emergency was declared in the city and outgoing Mayor James Knowles III ordered a nighttime curfew Sunday night.
Jones takes over the reins from Knowles III who has been mayor since 2011 and who Jones lost out to in the mayoral race back in 2017.
Jones said at the time that the black community did not believe having a black leader would change the widespread oppression they faced in the city.
'If you've been oppressed so long, it's hard for you to break out to a new idea,' she said.
'And when you've been governed by fear and people telling you that the city is going to decline because an African-American person is going to be in charge, then you tend to listen to the rhetoric and don't open your mind to new possibilities.'