The day that an unarmed, black 18-year-old named Michael Brown was shot and killed by officer Darren Wilson, setting off a series of violent clashes with law enforcement, this predominantly African-American city of about 21,000 was largely run by white politicians, its police force commanded by a white man.
Three years after that highly publicized fatal encounter, Ferguson, at least by official appearances, is a dramatically different place.
The seven-member city council, which formerly had just one African-American, now holds three. A new black police chief was hired, and the small, once overwhelmingly white police department, has also seen a marked shift in color among its ranks.
Beyond that, however, how much has really changed?
For 59-year-old resident Donald Harry, the answer is a mixture of some and not enough.
“Most everything that I see that’s transpired, I call it window dressing,” he said. “It looks good on the outside. But what has it actually done? We don’t see a lot of results. Yet, they’re talking about different changes are supposed to benefit and help the community.” (NBC News)