Frank Melton

Journalist and Politician

Frank Ervin Melton was the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, United States, from 4 July 2005 until his death on 7 May 2009. Melton, an African American, defeated the city's first black mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr. Melton won 63 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary against Johnson, who had served two terms. Melton quickly swept into action to rid Jackson of black-on-black drug-related crime, improve economic development, and improve city infrastructure.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Frank Melton.


1949 Birth Melton was born in Houston, Texas on March 19, 1949, to his parents Herbert Melton and Marguerite Haynes-Melton, both of whom were active members of the University Presbyterian Church in Houston. … Read More


1977 28 Years Old He entered broadcasting after graduation, first as a Sports Anchor for KTRE TV in Lufkin, Texas and then, in 1977, as general manager of KLTV TV. … Read More


1984 35 Years Old In 1984, he became Chairman and CEO of WLBT TV Inc, in Jackson, Mississippi, in which position he remained until 2002.


2002 53 Years Old Melton served as the head of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics for 14 months, appointed by former Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove in December 2002.
2003 54 Years Old Governor Haley Barbour, who defeated Musgrove in the 2003 gubernatorial election, dismissed Melton and other holdover political appointees when he took office. … Read More
In April 2006, Melton lambasted Hinds County District Attorney Faye Peterson because she would not put his star witness, Christopher Walker, on the stand to testify against Albert "Batman" Donelson, the alleged leader of the Wood Street Players. … Read More
March 1, 2007 - Judge Tomie Green issued a warrant for the arrest of Frank Melton. … Read More


February 2, 2009 - Melton's federal civil rights trial for demolishing the Ridgeway house began.
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