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Descendants of “Martinsville Seven” set to meet Governor

Descendants of “Martinsville Seven” set to meet Governor

Descendants of seven Black men executed in 1951 for the rape of a white woman in Martinsville are scheduled to meet with Gov. Ralph Northam on Tuesday to discuss a posthumous pardon.

Activists first made the unusual request to Northam last year.

Earlier this month the Martinsville City Council passed a resolution asking him to grant posthumous reprieves to the men, known as the “Martinsville Seven,” and commute their death sentences.

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