COLP (WSIL) -- History has been made in the village of Colp: they've elected their first black female president. Monday night, Marcella Clark was officially sworn in.
When asked what she thought about being the first Black female village president, Clark says she didn't realize she made history until after the election, but she says she's glad to be in the position.
Colp was one of a few towns that accepted Black residents when other southern Illinois communities did not.
Clark says one of her goals is to move the village forward and bring more business to the area.
She's served on the village board for 15 years and says she's learned how to find balance between serving the community and making the right choices for the residents.
Clark and a village resident both say they are excited for the future of Colp.
"People who live here should be able to come in the meeting express their thoughts and what they think and what they want the village and how they want to go and we're going to listen," Clark said.
"Oh, I think it's amazing. Let's just say I've been here 30-something years and it's something I think, a change. We need that change. Not saying that the other mayors were not doing their job, but I think Ms. Marcella will bring a new, fresh environment to Colp," said village resident Michael Sherrill.
Sherrill was also appointed as a board of trustee member and says he wants to help Clark give a voice to the community.
Along with other tasks to improve the village, the board is preparing for their second Juneteenth celebration to honor the emancipation of slaves in America.
They are currently accepting donations for the event.