Oakland in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Black Panther Party Stoplight
This stoplight was
installed as a result of
a community initiative
spearheaded by the
Black Panther Party
After several children attending the nearby Santa Fe Elementary School were killed and many injured by motorists at this intersection, the demand for a traffic signal by the Anti-Poverty Center and the Black Panther Party began in June, 1967. However, the Oakland City Council notified the community that a traffic signal would be erected no sooner that late 1968. Rather than allowing another death in the interim, a small cadre of armed Black Panthers stopped motorists and personally escorted children across the busy intersection. No further automobile-related deaths or injuries occurred at this location, and installation of the traffic signal began on August 1, 1967.
Erected by Black Panther Party.
Location. 37° 50.345′ N, 122° 16.443′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Markert Street near 55th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5499 Market Street, Emeryville CA 94608, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Black Panther's First Office (approx. 0.3 miles away but has been reported missing); Lorin Theater (approx. 0.6 miles away); Oakland Ball Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); South Berkeley Bank (approx. 0.7 miles away); Key Route Terminal (approx. 0.7 miles away); California & Nevada Railroad (approx. one mile away); Moving Shoreline (approx. 1.1 miles away); Frances Albrier (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
Categories. • African Americans • Charity & Public Work •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 18, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 525 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 18, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.