African American Heritage

Ericka Huggins

Ericka Huggins is an activist, educator and former leading member of the Black Panther Party.

Huggins joined the Black Panther Party in 1967 and became a leader in the Los Angeles chapter. Later she led the New Haven (Connecticut) chapter along with Kathleen Cleaver and Elaine Brown. After the murder of her husband, John Huggins, members of the New Haven Black Panthers tortured and murdered Alex Rackley, a suspected federal informant. Huggins, along with Bobby Seale, was charged with murder, kidnapping and conspiracy after a tape recording of Huggins interrogating Rackley was recovered and played during her trial. In May 1971, the jury deadlocked 10 to 2 for Huggins’ acquittal. She was not retried. A notable fact about Ericka Huggins’ trial is that her jury selection was the longest in state history.

Records Relating to Ericka Huggins
RG 65 - Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
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Record Group 65: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Classification 157 (Civil Unrest) Case Files

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