Black Panther Funeral
10 in HIGH x 8 in WIDE
(25.40 cm HIGH x 20.32 cm WIDE)
The Oakland Tribune Collection, the Oakland Museum of California. Gift of ANG Newspapers

People, Politics,Protest & Promise:African Americans in the News

Photo shows a funeral, a hearse is leading a column of limos. A large crowd of people are standing on either side of the cars, all raising their arms in the symbol of the Black Panthers. According to the Oakland Tribune, August 28, 1971 from an article titled "Crowd of 1,200 at Jackson Rites," this was the funeral of George Jackson, a Soledad Brother, who was killed while allegedly attempting to escape from San Quentin the week before this photo was taken. Jackson's younger brother, Jonathan Jr., was killed earlier thant month attempting to spring George Jackson prison associate from a Marin County courtroom. About 1,200 people listened to the services at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church at 27th and West Street. The Black Panthers kept the crowd in order so the motorcade could get through. Black Panthers were also pallbearers. Huey Newton and Bobby Seale attended the services. The Panther flag hung in front of the church and drapped the coffin. This photo appeared in the Oakland Tribune August 11, 1996.

Used: Oakland Tribune

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