Fred Hampton, iconic chairman of the Black Panther Party, who was shot and killed in a 1969 police raid on his Chicago apartment in the Illinois childhood home, has been designated a historic landmark. Hampton was only 21 years old.
According to the Associated Press, in a press release, organizers of the Save The Hampton House initiative, led by Hampton’s son, Fred Hampton Jr, and his widow, Akua Njeri, announced that the Maywood Village Board had voted to recognize the house as a historical monument. .
The two-story building is currently a community gathering space. The house will be renovated and transformed into a museum where the works of the Black Panther Party can be exhibited. The museum’s collection currently includes never-before-seen photographs, documents, and artifacts from Hampton’s life and work with the Black Panther Party.
Last Tuesday’s final vote comes after a year-long campaign tied to the success of the Oscar-winning film “Judas and the Black Messiah,” based on the president and his death.
The historic app quoted, “The significance of the Hampton House is that it represents worker housing for companies like the nearby American Can Company, which was the largest employer during the Great Depression, and later , African Americans and immigrants were actively recruited during World War I due to labor shortages at the time, further adding to the diverse nature of the village’s growing residential base” , reported the Village Free Press.
The house, the app continues, “is credited with being the fertile ground that nurtured a future thought and opinion leader, whose influence and legacy are still felt by many members to this day. from the community”.