Black Panther’s revolutionary leader and ChairmanFred Hampton‘s childhood home is now a historical landmark thanks to his son Hampton Jr.
Hampton Jr. led the Save The Hampton House initiative to fight to save his late father’s Chicago home.
In a statement, Hampton says, “Among other purposes, it serves as a major aspect of preserving the extraordinary legacy of Chairman Fred Hampton, the Black Panther Party and that of service to the people in general.”
Organizers of the initiative said Hampton’s home will showcase the works of the Black Panther Party.
According to Yahoo!, the efforts paid off because the Maywood Village Board in Chicago voted to recognize Hampton’s childhood home as a historical landmark. The initiative was inspired by the Academy award-winning film about Hampton’s death, Judas and the Black Messiah, starring Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton and LaKeith Stanfield as Bill O’Neal.
Fred was tragically shot and killed when police raided his home. During the raid, another Black Panther member Mark Clark also was killed. Police claimed they were executing a search warrant to find weapons and explosives.
The federal grand jury claimed 100 shots were fired throughout the home where Hampton and others were sleeping. But only one shot was fired by someone within the residence. The country’s top prosecutor, an assistant, and other officers at the scene were indicted on charges of obstruction of justice. But they were later acquitted.
Evidence proved that the FBI incited the Chicago police and other agencies to participate in conflict with the Black Panthers. The city of Chicago, Cook County, and the federal government were ordered to pay $1.85 million to Hampton’s and Clark’s families.
Congratulations to the family and organizers on making this possible! Hampton’s work and his contributions should never go unnoticed!