Outgoing NC Governor Pardons Wilmington 10

A jury convicted the civil rights activists 40 years ago of firebombing a grocery store despite their claims of innocence.

Former NAACP head Benjamin Chavis, one of the Wilmington 10. (Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

“This pardon brings closure to a case marred by racism and injustice,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “I applaud Gov. Beverly Purdue for her leadership in righting this disgraceful wrong and congratulate the NAACP North Carolina State Conference, NAACP members, and activists around the country for their work to raise awareness about this case.”

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