​August 21, 1971: George Jackson Is Shot To Death By Prison Guards 

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A year after the Marin County Courthouse shootout, George Jackson killed in San Quentin Prison during an escape attempt.

George Lester Jackson was a left-wing activist, Marxist, author, a member of the Black Panther Party and co-founder of the Black Guerrilla Family while incarcerated. Jackson achieved fame as one of the Soledad Brothers.

The Soledad Brothers were 3 African-American inmates charged with the murder of white prison guard John V. Mills at California’s Soledad Prison on January 16, 1970.

SAN QUENTIN PRISON SHOOTING:  On August 21, 1971, Jackson met with attorney Stephen Bingham on a civil lawsuit Jackson had filed against the California Department of Corrections. After the meeting, Jackson was escorted by officer Urbano Rubico back to his cell when Rubico noticed a metallic object in Jackson’s hair, later revealed to be a wig, and ordered him to remove it. 

Jackson then pulled a Spanish Astra 9mm pistol from beneath the wig and said “Gentlemen, the dragon has come”, a reference to Ho Chi Minh.

Jackson then ordered Rubico to open all the cells and along with several other inmates they overpowered the remaining guards and took them, along with two inmates hostage. 6 of the hostages were killed and found in Jackson’s cell, including guards Jere Graham, Frank DeLeon and Paul Krasnes and two white prisoners. 

Guards Kenneth McCray, Charles Breckenridge and Urbano Rubiaco had been shot and stabbed as well, but survived. After finding the keys for the Adjustment Center’s exit, Jackson along with fellow inmate and close friend Johnny Spain escaped to the yard where Jackson was shot dead and Spain surrendered.

Jackson was killed just three days prior to the start of his murder trial for the 1970 slaying of guard John Mills. Three inmates were acquitted and three were convicted for the murders: David Johnson, Johnny Spain and Hugo Pinell. They became known as the San Quentin Six.

Read about the reaction to his death and his legacy at:m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=621832261321190&substory_index=0&id=101575520013536


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