June 09, 2009

more Marin Civic Center

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photo by Donald Kinney

Someday, when I have less than something to do, I'm going to go count all the decorative balls Frank Lloyd Wright gave us.

At this point I'm starting to think the balls were a subliminal message -- let me tell you -- Marin County has a plethora of people, and a lot of them were born after the Civic Center was built.   Coincidence?   Maybe not...

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photo by Donald Kinney


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photo by Donald Kinney

Bold and dramatic...

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photo by Donald Kinney

Above -- and just darned beautiful...

...and below -- a perhaps not

DATELINE:   August 7, 1970
Marin County Courthouse Shootout

In an attempt to free his brother, imprisoned Black Panther leader George Jackson, 17-year old Jonathan Jackson entered a courthouse in Marin County, California with an arsenal of weapons.

After storming into a room where a trial was taking place, Jackson armed defendant James McClain, who was on trial for murdering a prison guard, and two fellow convicts who were participating in the trial as witnesses, William Christmas and Ruchell Magee.

The four armed men then took the judge, a district attorney and three jurors hostage, and marched them out of the courthouse into a waiting getaway van.

As they attempted to flee the scene, a shootout broke out between the hostage takers and Marin County Sheriffs deputies providing security at the courthouse. By the end of the gun battle, Jackson, McClain, Christmas, and judge Harold Haley were killed.

According to the other hostages, Haley was executed by the hostage takers with a shotgun that had been taped to his throat. Magee was severely injured, but survived the battle and was sentenced to life in prison. One Juror and the D.A. were also wounded.

One of the weapons used by Jackson was later traced to Black Panther icon Angela Davis, who was later tried (but acquitted) for participation in the crime.

Deaths: Suspects: 3; Hostages: 1     source: Wikipedia

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Adam R. Paul said...

Interesting takes on an interesting building!

AphotoAday said...

THANKS ADAM -- Whenever I strike-out with photos at China Camp I can always find some at the Civic Center...

Tomate Farcie said...

I find your Marin County Civic Center shots spectacular.

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