‘Miscarriage of justice’: Florida finally pardons four black men accused of rape in 1949

Seventy years ago in Groveland, Fla., a white teenager named Norma Padgett accused four black men of kidnapping and raping her in a car on a dark road.

Two of the men would eventually be shot dead by the segregationist sheriff of Lake County and his angry mob, and the other two wrongfully convicted on little evidence.

The case of the Groveland Four, as they became known, inspired a Pulitzer-winning book and has been considered for decades one of Florida’s most grave injustices and a symbol of racism in the Jim Crow south.

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