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George Jackson

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George Jackson was an American convict who became a member of the Black Panther Party while in prison. He founded the Black Guerrilla Family in 1966 while in San Quentin State Prison  He wrote two books, Blood in My Eye and Soledad Brother, which contains prison letters he wrote between 1964 and 1970.

On January 16, 1970, in response to the death of three Black Muslims by a prison guard, a white guard was killed. Jackson, Fleeta Drumgo, and John Clutchette were accused of the murder, and became known as the “Soledad Brothers.”

On August 21, 1971, Jackson was shot and killed at San Quentin prison during an alleged escape attempt. According to the state of California, lawyer Stephen Bingham smuggled a pistol into the prison, which Jackson then hid under an afro wig.

Bingham fled to Europe, where he lived until 1984, when he returned to the United States to stand trial. He was acquitted of all charges.


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