Richard Gordon Hatcher became the first African-American mayor of Gary, Indiana on January 1, 1968. He had won election the previous November as one of the first black mayors elected in a major Northern industrial city and the first in the state of Indiana. He was elected mayor of Gary in 1967 and served until 1987. An African American (also Afro-American, Black American) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... This article is about the city in Indiana, for other uses of Gary, see Gary (disambiguation). ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Official language(s) English Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Area Ranked 38th - Total 36,418 sq mi (94,321 kmÂ²) - Width 140 miles (225 km) - Length 270 miles (435 km) - % water 1. ...
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