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Tom Yarborough (July 23, 1895 – March 19, 1969) was the first black mayor in California
Yarborough opened an upholstery shop in the downtown area and invested in real estate. In 1948, he successfully ran for a seat on the City Council. He was defeated in 1956, but three years later was appointed to fill a vacancy.
In 1966, Yarborough was elected the town's mayor, becoming the first African-American in California to do so.
He died in an automobile accident on Highway 71 in Riverside County on March 19, 1969. He was survived by his widow Katherine and eight children.
A parcel of land in the downtown area that Yarborough donated to Lake Elsinore was converted into a small park and named after him.
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