William Potts, also known as Lieutenant Spartacus or William Freeman, was a former member of the Black Panther Party who was charged with hijacking a Piedmont Airlines flight in 1984. Potts left his aunt’s home in New Jersey that March with $120 she had given him to pay her electric bill. Instead, Potts bought a Piedmont Airlines plane ticket.

Potts, who is now 56, had demanded that the New York plane skip its intended flight to Miami and head to Havana, Cuba. As collateral, Potts claimed to have planted explosives aboard the flight. Potts has now returned to the United States to face a 20-year prison sentence. This is in addition to the 13 years he had already served in Cuba. Potts thought he would be free in Cuba and train as a militant, but was arrested after the plane landed in 1984. He hopes that his time in Cuba will be taken into consideration for his U.S. sentence on the charges of air piracy.

Potts’ attorney was hit with a delay when he discovered that Potts had a 1984 warrant for armed robbery in New Jersey. William Potts is one of the few remaining members of the original Black Panther Party, many of whom fled to Cuba.

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8 thoughts on “Little Known Black History Fact: William Potts

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  2. H8 No 1 on said:

    Dude should get jail time for what he did. Furthermore, he owes his aunt $120 since he probably got her electricity turned off.

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  5. Not laughing. on said:

    Tom you did it again. Black History facts should show the positive of our history. Instead you put Potts up their. Potts is a criminal. He went to Cuba to train to be a terrorist and to kill innocent people. But some how you felt he diserved a spot in black history. This website shouldn’t be called blackamericaweb. It should be called blackmuslimweb.com. Now we all see where your allegents are Tom. You do blacks no service in the news you are choosing to show.

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