PORT ROYAL — The first black mayor and town councilman in Port Royal has retired after 38 years of public service.

The Beaufort Gazette reports that 75-year-old Henry Robinson cast his last vote last week.

Robinson was first elected to council in 1969 and eight years later, was elected the town’s first black mayor. He held that post for 18 years before retiring. But four years later, Robinson was again elected to town council.

He says his family insisted he take a break and retire from public office for good.

Robinson plans to stay active in his church, as a YMCA board member and working with the Historic Port Royal Foundation and the Beaufort-Jasper Equal Opportunity Commission.