History and Historiography

Black Panther Party Co-Founder Huey P. Newton honored with bronze statue

This will probably end up getting vandalized.


OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — The revolutionary founder of the Black Panther Party Huey P. Newton will be honored with a bronze bust to be unveiled Sunday to commemorate the party’s 55th anniversary.

The statue, to be installed at the intersection where the late leader took his last breath, will be the first permanent art display to honor the Black Panther Party in Oakland.

“I’ve created him to bring him home to West Oakland,” said Sculptor Dana King in her studio, blocks away from where the monument will be installed.

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ABC7 News was given access to King’s studio as she brought Newton to life in clay 32 years after his death, one scrape at a time.

“The reason he’s looking up and out is because he was a visionary, he saw into the future,” she said.

“There’s been so much misinformation, propaganda about the Panthers that’s harmful. The story that exists about the Panthers is wrong.”


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