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7 U.S. Black men executed in 1951 granted pardons seventy years later.

Cries and sobs could be heard from some of the descendants after Northam’s announcement.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Posthumous pardons were granted Tuesday to seven Black men who were executed in 1951 for the rape of a white woman, in a case that attracted pleas for mercy from around the world and in recent years has been denounced as an example of racial disparity in the use of the death penalty.

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