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David Horsey

Ferguson, one year later: From a city to a symbol

FERGUSON, Mo. Before last summer, Ferguson was just one more patch in the crowded quilt of towns that make up St. Louis County a mixed-race, working-class community of about 21,000 people on six square miles of unremarkable urban landscape northwest of St. Louis. Today, to America and to the world, the word "Ferguson" means far more than that. The fury that ripped through the small city in the summer and fall of 2014 inaugurated a national debate about police tactics against African-Americans that continues a year later. Ferguson now dwells on an exclusive list of locales Little Rock, Selma, Watts that have lent their names to key chapters in the sprawling tale of race in America....