Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley CA, 1969 Unknown family photo
Kathy Pinna

Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley CA, 1969

On Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley during the People's Park protest. The police (who were at the time called "The Blue Meanies" because of their blue jump suits, in a reference to the Beatles' Yellow Submarine movie) started shooting, killing a student (James Rector) and blinding another.

This photois courtesy of Ron Stinnett, [external link]

I was near there, in my dorm room a couple of blocks away. Luckily, I wasn't walking down Telegraph at the time - this was near Sather Gate, the entrance to the University. It was a scary, demoralizing time. It shocked us that police would fire upon American citizens.
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