About the film

Until 2021, there was not a single official monument erected for the legendary Black Panther Party. This finally changed when Fredrika Newton, the widow of former Minister of Defense Huey Newton, worked with the city of Oakland to commission a bust of Mr. Newton that now stands on the block where he was killed. Following sculptor Dana King from conceptualization through the unveiling ceremony over a year-long period, The First Monument offers an exclusive look at the process and significance of this groundbreaking memorial for an iconic Black movement.


Damien McDuffie

About Black Public Media

Black Public Media supports the development of visionary content creators and distributes stories about the global Black experience to inspire a more equitable and inclusive future. For more than four decades, BPM has addressed the needs of unserved and underserved audiences. BPM continues to address historical, contemporary, and systemic challenges that traditionally impede the development and distribution of Black stories.

Full Credits


Damien McDuffie


Damien McDuffie

Director of Photography & Editor

Theo Schear

Sound Mixer

Mike Bobino


Elijah Bean


Bryan C. Simmons
Jarin “OG” Tindall
On Earth

Special Thanks

Dana King
Fredrika Newton
The Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation