Mabel Diggs was a Hingham resident active in a myriad of initiatives both in Hingham and beyond. She was a Board of Trustees member of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, the chair of the music and program committee of the Massachusetts State Union of Women’s Clubs and the President of the Professional Dressmakers and Designers Guild. She was a significant fundraiser for the restoration of the Frederick Douglass home.

In 1947, she received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of the Navy for her services on behalf of Naval personnel during World War II.

Ms. Diggs was also appointed marshal of the July 4th parade in Hingham in 1981.

[Source (images and history): David Janey]