HAMMOND — Mayor Mayson Foster ordered flags flown at half-staff at all city buildings Friday and Saturday in memory of community supporter and former City Councilman Wilbert Dangerfield, who died Monday in New York City.
Dangerfield served on the first Hammond City Council after the city’s charter changed in 1977 and was a council member until 1994, Foster said.
Dangerfield was instrumental in getting the city’s “Second Saturday Breakfast Group” started, said George Perkins, a co-founder of the group and friend of Dangerfield.
The group meets once a month and brings various community elements together to talk about issues facing the city in a “peaceful way” Perkins said.
Dangerfield was one of the founding members of the city’s Black Heritage Festival in 1984, Perkins said.
That festival developed into Hammond’s African American Heritage Museum, he said.
“He was always overseeing the actions of the city to assure a quality in decision-making,” Mayor Foster said. “He was a watchdog.”
Dangerfield is survived by his wife of 52 years, Earline, one son and six daughters.
Dangerfield’s funeral will be held at noon Saturday at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Hammond, the funeral home said. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at the church.