A bust of Fred Hampton was erected outside the Fred Hampton Family Aquatic Center.
Fredrick Allen Hampton (August 30, 1948 – December 4, 1969) was an American activist and revolutionary socialist. He came to prominence in Chicago as chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP), and deputy chairman of the national BPP. In this capacity, he founded the Rainbow Coalition, a prominent multicultural political organization that initially included the Black Panthers, Young Patriots and the Young Lords, and an alliance among major Chicago street gangs to help them end infighting and work for social change.
The plaque reads;
Frederick Allen Hampton
August 30th, 1948 – December 4th, 1969
Sculptor – Preston Jackson
Funded through the efforts of Representative Karen A. Yarbrough and the Fred Hampton Scholarship Fund
Dedicated December 17, 2006
“If I leave, I’ll be back. And when I do come back, I’ll be back to stay and join the revolution.” – Fred a. Hampton