US: Seven Black men EXECUTED f

US: Seven Black men EXECUTED for rape PARDONED after 70 years

The men, known as the “Martinsville Seven,” were sent to the electric chair over the alleged rape of a 32-year-old woman

US: Seven Black men EXECUTED f

A group of seven black men have been posthumously granted pardons, nearly 70 years after they were sentenced to death for the rape of a white woman in 1951 in Virginia.

Governor Ralph Northam granted the pardons, acknowledging they were never granted a fair trial. Back then, the US justice was considered extremely bias and generally favoured White people over their Black counterparts.

“While these pardons do not address the guilt of the seven, they serve as recognition from the Commonwealth that these men were tried without adequate due process and received a racially biased death sentence not similarly applied to white defendants,” his office said on Tuesday.

“We all deserve a criminal justice system that is fair, equal, and gets it right — no matter who you are or what you look like. I’m grateful to the advocates and families of the Martinsville Seven for their dedication and perseverance,”

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam

US men pardoned for rape

The group, known as the “Martinsville Seven,” were convicted of raping 32-year-old Ruby Stroud Floyd, who had gone to a predominantly Black neighborhood in Martinsville, in January 1949, to collect money for clothes she had sold.

The men were: Frank Hairston Jr., 18, Booker T. Millner, 19, Francis DeSales Grayson, 37, Howard Lee Hairston, 18, James Luther Hairston, 20, Joe Henry Hampton, 19, and John Claybon Taylor, 21.

The men were executed via the electric chair in February 1951.

The family members of the men claim they were interrogated under duress, without the presence of a lawyer, and their confessions were coerced under threat of mob violence. This case is eerily similar to the ‘Central Park Five,’ – five black boys were wrongly convicted for the rape of a woman who had gone jogging in Central Park, New York City, back in 1989.