Virginia Governor pardons 'Martinsville Seven' Black men executed for rape 70 years ago
Gov. Ralph Northam granted posthumous pardons Tuesday for a group of Black men executed 70 years ago for allegedly raping a white woman in Martinsville, Virginia.
This photo from the archives of the Martinsville Bulletin newspaper shows the so-called 'Martinsville Seven,' a group of young Black men tried and executed in 1951 for the rape of white woman two years earlier. They are, from left, Booker T. Millner,Frank Hairston Jr., Howard Lee Hairston, Joe Henry Hampton, John Claibon Taylor, Francis DeSales Grayson and James Luther Hairston.