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After Pardon, Will ‘Groveland Four’ Be Exonerated?

After Pardon, Will ‘Groveland Four’ Be Exonerated? TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Nearly 70 years after being accused of raping a white woman, four African-American men were posthumously pardoned on Friday by the state of Florida, but the families say they’d like to see an exoneration, which would officially declare their innocence.

The men known as the Groveland Four – Charles Greenlee, Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Ernest Thomas – were accused of the 1949 rape of then 17-year-old Norma Padgett, although there was little to no evidence supporting the claim, now seen as a racial injustice. …(Read More)

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