Activists, Relatives Fighting To Save Fred Hampton’s Childhood Home

Friday, October 12, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: The childhood home of Fred Hampton. | Fred Hampton Jr./Facebook 

Relatives, friends and colleagues of the late civil rights activist Fred Hampton are fighting to save Hampton’s childhood home in Maywood from going into foreclosure.

A mortgage foreclosure auction for the two-story, multifamily apartment building at 804 S. 17th Ave. in Maywood is scheduled for Oct. 23 at 10 a.m., according to the website of the Judicial Sales Corporation, which provides services to foreclosure plaintiffs and their attorneys during auctions.

According to the Illinois Foreclosure Listing Service, the balance due on the property could be around $64,000.

During mortgage foreclosure auctions, most properties are sold for 25 percent down with “with the balance due by [2 p.m.] the next business day,” according to an FAQ on the Judicial Sales website.

Sometimes, the website notes, properties are sold at 10 percent down and others at 100 percent down at the close of sale.

As the sale draws near, Fred Hampton’s son, Fred Hampton, Jr. — the chairman of the Black Panther Cubs — has helmed an effort to help save the historic property, which he wants to turn into a museum.

A GoFundMe designed to help raise money to save the home was created three months ago and, as of Oct. 12, had generated $1,070 of its $500,000 goal. Congressman Danny K. Davis (7th) appeared on WVON radio on Oct. 12 urging people to donate toward the effort.

In a Facebook video shot inside of his father’s childhood home,  Hampton Jr. urged people, including celebrities like rapper Lupe Fiasco, to contribute to the effort to save the home. A website, savethehamptonhouse.org, has also been created.

“Our people don’t recognize the significance in monuments,” Hampton Jr. said in the Facebook video. 

Hampton’s childhood home had long been where the late Black Panther leader’s closest relatives lived. Iberia Hampton, his mother, died in 2016. His sister, Frances “Dee Dee” Hampton, died in 2017. Bill Hampton, Fred’s older brother, died in February.

Hampton Jr. said that he wants to raise $200,000 to get the building up to code and $80,000 to bring it out of the foreclosure process.

It’s possible,” he said. “Like Che Guevara said, ‘Let’s be realist, let’s do the impossible.’” 

For more information on the effort to save Hampton’s childhood home or to donate, click here or hereVFP 

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