Honoring Mayor Richard Hatcher

The Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt Amrany would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and community of Gary, Indiana on Mayor Richard G. Hatcher’s passing, December 13, 2019. We are honored to have been provided the opportunity to create a statue of Mayor Hatcher, sculpted by Gary Tillery, to remind generations to come of his legacy as a champion of racial equality and the fight against poverty and his contributions to the city and people of Gary, Indiana, and the country.  The sculpture’s plaque captures his accomplishments:

“Richard Gordon Hatcher, Gary Mayor 1968-1988. In 1967, Mayor Richard Gordon Hatcher became the first elected African American mayor of a major U.S. city. A civil rights luminary, Mayor Hatcher served as an advisor to Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Jimmy Carter on issues of civil rights and urban policy, convened the 1972 National Black Political Convention in Gary, served as the Vice-Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and chaired Rev. Jesse Jackson’s 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns. His fight for civil and economic rights reached beyond the United States as Mayor Hatcher served as the inaugural Chairman of the Board of TransAfrica, an organization that fought to end apartheid in South Africa and free Nelson Mandela from prison. Nationally deemed the “Dean of Black Politics,” by the time he left City Hall more than 300 African-American mayors held office in cities across the country, something attributed to Mayor Hatcher’s trailblazing vision and leadership. He served the city of Gary for 20 years.”

Mayor Hatcher

Gary, Indiana Mayor Richard Hatcher