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A black man first ran for City Council in 1958, and the first black councilman was elected in 1961. Davis defeated Dollarhide's bid for re-election to become the first female black mayor of a metropolitan American city.

By the early 1970s, the city had one of the largest concentrations of blacks in the country with over ninety percent.

Compton is one of the oldest cities in the county and on May 11, 1888, was the eighth city to incorporate.

As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 96,455.

The farms attracted the black families who had begun migrating from the rural South in the 1950s, and there they found their 'home away from home' in this small community.A series of town meetings were held to discuss incorporation of their little town. Compton donated his land to incorporate and create the city of Compton in 1889, but he did stipulate that a certain acreage be zoned solely for agriculture and named Richland Farms.In January 1888, a petition supporting the incorporation of Compton was forwarded to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, who in turn forwarded the petition to the State Legislature.In 2013, Aja Brown, age 31, became the city's youngest mayor to date.For many years, Compton was a much sought-after suburb for the black middle class of Los Angeles.