Howard Johnson Motor Lodge (New York)
Location: 861 8th Ave., New York
Significance: Angela Davis arrested here
In 1970, Angela Davis was placed on the FBI's Most Wanted List for purchasing the weapons used by George Jackson's 17-year-old brother Jonathan to take over a Marina County courtroom along with members of the Soledad Brothers during their own trial. Three female jurors and Judge Harold Haley were taken hostage, and Haley was later killed. During the investigation, it came to light that Davis had written letters found in the prison cell of one of the defendants. Because California law recognizes anyone connected to a crime, directly or indirectly, to be responsible, Davis was charged with aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder. Thus, Davis became the third woman in history to appear on Hoover's famous list. On October 13, 1970, she was found by the Bureau in Room 702 of the Howard Johnson Motor Lodge in New York. After her arrest, President Nixon congratulated the FBI for capturing the activist, feminist, and teacher—only he called her a "terrorist." In 1972, after 18 months behind bars, Davis was acquitted of all charges by an all-white jury. Today, the building where this "terrorist" was captured has been replaced by a Hampton Inn.