Iconic civil rights and leader of the Black Panther Party by Fred Hampton childhood home in Illinois has been designated a historic landmark.
According to WGNorganizers of the Save The Hampton House initiative, led by Hampton’s son and mother, announced that the Maywood Village Board had voted to recognize the house as a historic landmark.
The new designation is part of an effort to have the Black Panther Party and the black liberation movement represented. Organizers reportedly planned to turn the site into a place where Black Panther Party artwork could be displayed.
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“The fight to save and maintain Hampton House is bigger than a building and more important than a structure,” Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. said in a statement, according to the news station. “Among other purposes, it is a major aspect of preserving the extraordinary legacy of President Fred Hampton, the Black Panther Party and that of service to the people in general.”
Hampton was sleeping in the West Side house in Chicago in the early morning hours of December 4, 1969, when he and fellow Black Panther leader Mark Clark were shot during what authorities said at the time was the execution of a search warrant for weapons and explosives.
Nearly 100 shots were fired through the walls, doors and windows of the home while a single shot appears to have been fired by someone inside the residence, a grand jury has heard federal.