Ruchell Magee
circa 1970
21.88 in HIGH x 17.38 in WIDE
(55.56 cm HIGH x 44.13 cm WIDE)
All Of Us Or None Archive. Gift of the Rossman Family.

Black and white poster with a plastic textured coating on the surface contains a reproduction of a drawing. The image shows a man with his wrists in shackles. The man has a round patch or pin attached to his shirt that has a hand grasping a chain with the text, "Free the Soledad Brothers." Large text at bottom center reads, "Ruchell Magee." Small cursive script near top reads, "Ruchell / politic / Committee - for / black prisoners / (B/M/U/F/A) Black mothers United for Action / 2406 26 Ave. Oakland, Calif. / 94601 phone KE-63644 (415)." Text at center right reads, "Black Poli[clipped out of print area] / Prisoners / Will Be Set Free / Black By the / People!" "(Cinque)" printed at lower left.

The Soledad Brothers were George Jackson, Fleeta Drumgo, and John Clutchette, charged with murdering a guard while at Soledad Prison. On August 7, 1970, an effort to free the Brothers resulted in a shootout at a trial at the Marin County Courthouse. Ruchell Cinque Magee, another incarcerated Black Panther present at the trial, was convicted for his role and remains in prison. Angela Davis was charged with assisting and eventually found innocent. [LMC]

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