John Sinclair in Front of Former White Panther House on Hill Street, March 1991 Photographer: Peter Yates
The 1969 South University Riot was a series of confrontations between local law enforcement and factions of Ann Arbor’s counterculture population that extended over three nights, from June 16-18, on or near the four-block South University Avenue shopping district in Ann Arbor.
Monday, June 16
Ann Arbor News, July 7, 1969
Sunday Afternoon At Arboretum About 300 persons spent a quiet afternoon at a "peace picnic" yesterday at the University's Arboretum, talking and singing. While officers patrol the area (top picture), groups of young people lounge on the grass. One group second picture) stages a brief White Panther rally while a father (third picture) warms his youngster with a jacket. Groups of singers and guitarist, (bottom picture) were scattered through the area. (News photos by Cecil Lockard)
Ann Arbor News, November 6, 1983
FLOWER CHILDREN -- By the time this picture was taken in the summer of 1971, the White Panther Party had changed its name to the Rainbow People's Party. Founder John Sinclair was still in prison, and "Free John Now!" was a rallying cry which kept the group together and gave it national attention. The FBI and the Nixon White House viewed the Ann Arbor group as a band of subversives plotting the overthrow of the government.