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In April, twenty-one members of the Black Panthers are indicted on charges of conspiring to blow up five department stores, a police station, railroad tracks and the Bronx Botanical Gardens. Those arrested by police are held in prison at $100,000 bail each.

Many Panther followers and supporters consider the $100,000 a form of "ransom bail", used by the District Attorney and the court system as a means of keeping opposition elements in jail throughout the protracted trial process.

b/w photograph of Panthers. NYU Archives Photo Collection.


"Free the Panther 21" posters, 1969. NYU Archives Collection.

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