More Genealogical Current Events

It is not my intent to use this site to talk about current events, but when they keep cropping up with direct connections to African American genealogy; I feel compelled to post.

Dr. Henry Louis Gates (before his unfortunate episode with the police earlier this year) produced a fantastic series called African American Lives.  The two part series was devoted to using a variety of genealogical methods to uncovering the ancestral pasts of several well-known blacks.  Tom Joyner took part and learned of his family’s anguished encounter with “southern justice”….

Well, today CNN published a story on the follow-up Mr. Joyner has done since learning about these circumstances.

Nearly 100 years had passed since his great-uncles, Thomas Griffin and Meeks Griffin, were wrongfully executed in South Carolina. On Wednesday, a board voted 7-0 to pardon both men, clearing their names in the 1913 killing of a veteran of the Confederate Army.

It marks the first time in history that South Carolina has issued a posthumous pardon in a capital murder case.

I haven’t been doing this research very long, but I get the sense that these recent past meets the present stories are just the start of things to come.

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