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Save the Soledad Brothers from Legal Lynching

ID Number: 6598
Maker: Group Graphics; Soledad Brothers Defense Fund
Technique: silkscreen
Date Made: circa 1970
Place Made: North America: United States; California, Los Angeles
Measurements: 66.5 cm x 51 cm; 26 3/16 in x 20 1/16 in
Main Subject: Political Prisoners; Viet Nam War Era
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
John George Fleeta Save The Soledad Brothers From Legal Lynching Soledad Brothers Defense Fund P.O. Box 3206 Pasadena, Calif. 91103 Tel. 681-8734

Acquisition Number: 1996-13

Black Panther Party members; San Quentin State Prison; charged with murder of John V. Mills

Copyright Status:
Public domain.

Exhibition Annotation:
The Soledad Brothers were three African American inmates—George Jackson, Fleeta Drumgo, and John Clutchette—charged with the murder of a white prison guard at California's Soledad Prison on January 16, 1970. The Soledad Brothers Defense Committee was formed to assist in publicizing the case and raising funds to defend them. A wide variety of celebrities, writers, and political activists supported the SBDC and their cause, including Julian Bond, Kay Boyle, Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Noam Chomsky, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsburg, Tom Hayden, William Kunstler, Jessica Mitford, Linus Pauling, Pete Seeger, Benjamin Spock, and Angela Davis. On August 21, 1971, days before his trial in the guard's killing, Jackson was killed by a San Quentin prison guard. On March 27, 1972, the two surviving Soledad Brothers—Clutchette and Drumgo—were acquitted by a San Francisco jury of the original charges of murdering the prison guard.

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