Florida Clears Groveland Four Of 1949 Rape Of White Woman
Global News reports that on Monday a judge officially exonerated four young African American men of the false accusation that they raped a white woman seven decades ago, making partial and belated amends for one injustice during Florida's Jim Crow era.
At the request of the local prosecutor, Administrative Judge Heidi Davis dismissed the indictments of Ernest Thomas and Samuel Shepherd, who were fatally shot by law enforcement, and set aside the convictions and sentences of Charles Greenlee and Walter Irvin. The men known as the Groveland Four, who ranged from 16 to 26 at the time, were accused of raping a woman in the central Florida town of Groveland in 1949. Descendants of the men hope that this victory can lead to others who were wrongly accused during the Jim Crow era having their names cleared.