Mar 21, 2013 - Sale 2308

Sale 2308 - Lot 194

Price Realized: $ 43,200
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
A VERY RARE PANTHER ARTIFACT (BLACK PANTHERS.) CARMICHAEL, STOKELY. Black Panther '67. Original Black Panther cloth banner from Lowndes County, Alabama, 33 x 24 inches; green and white stenciled linen with a black panther made of felt sewn on; the date "67" stenciled at the bottom. Together with a group of three contemporary periodicals and a pamphlet dealing with the nascent Black Panther movement in Alabama. [Place, date.]

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a very rare relic of the origins of the black panther party from it origin in lowndes county, alabama. The Lowndes County Freedom Organization, or Black Panther Party, was a short-lived political party that formed in 1966 to represent African Americans in the central Alabama Black Belt counties. Though the organization failed to win any election, its influence was felt far beyond Alabama by providing the foundation for the better-known Black Panther Party for Self-Defense that arose in Oakland, California. Known for years as "Bloody Lowndes," the county had a well-deserved reputation for brutality and entrenched racism. Although the population was roughly 80 percent African American, no black resident had successfully registered to vote in more than 60 years, as the county was controlled by 86 white families who owned 90 percent of the land. Very little evidence remains of the Panther Party's presence in Alabama from this period. What was not destroyed by the local Klan types at the time, was soon erased after Carmichael and other organizers left.