You Can Jail a Revolutionary, but You Can't Jail a Revolution

Designed by
Douglas, Emory, American, born 1943
Subject of
Black Panther Party, American, 1966 - 1982
Hampton, Fred, American, 1948 - 1969
ca. 1969-1970
ink on paper (fiber product)
H x W (image): 21 9/16 × 16 5/8 in. (54.8 × 42.2 cm)
H x W (sheet): 23 1/16 × 17 1/2 in. (58.5 × 44.4 cm)
This poster depicts an image of Fred Hampton gesticulating against a larger than life portrait of his head, against a blue and black stripe background. The monumental image wears a dark cap and is shown from the neck up. Radiating from this monumental head are thick blue and black stripes. Two of the black stripes have blue text. The top reads "You can jail a revolutionary / but you can't jail the / revolution. You can run a / freedom fighter around the / country but you can't run freedom / fighting around the country. You / can murder a liberator, / but you can't murder / liberation." The second quote reads "Fred Hampton Deputy / Chairman Illinois Chapter / Black Panther Party / Born August 30, 1948 / Murdered by Fascist Pigs / Dec. 4, 1969." In the bottom right corner is an image of Fred Hampton shown from the chest up. Standing in front of a microphone, he wears an open coat and has his right arm raised in a pointing gesture. In the margin below the image in the bottom right corner is a black panther between two blocks of text with the address and the phone number for the Black Panther Party in Chicago. The back of the post is blank.
Place made
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Political and Activist Ephemera
Civil Rights Movement
Black power
Civil rights
Graphic design
U.S. History, 1969-2001
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
2 image(s)