This week Governor Bev Perdue signed a pardon of innocence for the Wilmington 10. That’s a group of nine black men and one white woman who were falsely convicted of fire-bombing a white-owned grocery store in a black neighborhood in Wilmington more than forty years ago. Their trial gained national attention. A few years after the trial, the prosecution’s key witnesses came forward and recanted their testimony.
Governor Bev Perdue has signed a pardon of innocence for the Wilmington 10. That’s a group of civil rights activists who were falsely convicted more than 40 years ago in the fire-bombing of a grocery store in Wilmington. The case got world-wide attention.