Conservative opposition shuts down federal funding of Black Panther memorial


The National Park Service was going to use nearly $100,000 in federal funds to memorialize the Black Panther Party before conservative backlash shut the project down.

The project was called the “Black Panther Party Research, Interpretation & Memory Project.”

Its goal would have been to “discover new links between the historical events concerning race that occurred in Richmond during World War II and the subsequent emergence of the BPP in the San Francisco Bay Area two decades later through research, oral history and interpretation,” according to a park service notice.

The project would also show how the Black Panther Party “impacted the visual arts, music, dance and styles of the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s and underscore the vastness of its impact on American culture.”

The National Park Service initially awarded the project a $98,000 grant. It was led by Ula Taylor, incoming chair of the University of California-Berkeley’s African-American studies department.

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