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Florida apologies to the Groveland Four

The Florida Legislature appeals poised to pass legislation that extends a formal apology to one of the state's ugliest racist sagas. The families of the Groveland Four, four young black men accused of raping 17-year-old Norma Padgett in Groveland in 1948, hold a press conference with House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate sponsor Gary Farmer supporting the bill that also asks the governor and Cabinet to pardon the men for the rape they didn't commit. One of the boys was killed by a posse. The other three were beaten in jail to coerce confessions and one of them, Walter Irvin, a U.S. Army veteran, refused to confess falsely. (Apr. 18, 2017) Mary Ellen Klas | Times/Herald Tallahassee

Source: Tampa Bay Times

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