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the groveland four or the groveland boys were four young africanamerican men earnest thomas charles greenlee then a minor at age 16 samuel shepherd and walter irvin who in 1949 were accused of raping a 17yearold white woman and assaulting her husband in lake county florida, the youngest of the groveland four 16yearold greenlee was a friend of ernest thomas who convinced him he could earn more money in lake county than at his dishwashing job in gainesville, july 1949 four young black men are accused of rape by a 17yearold woman in rural lake county florida the case of the groveland four included a race riot torture multiple murders two , 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 a decades long chapter of injustice is finally closing in florida, the case of the men known as the groveland four has been documented in a book and is considered a blight on floridas history one of the four was killed before he could be charged and the other , through the years supporters of the groveland four have petitioned for a full pardon even though the men have all passed away there was one surprise at fridays clemency hearing, the groveland four have officially been pardoned for the alleged rape of a white woman in 1949 florida governor ron desantis and the states threemember cabinet granted the four black men florida governor ron desantis has granted posthumous pardons to four young africanamerican men accused of raping a white woman near groveland florida in 1949, four young black men known as the groveland four who were falsely accused of raping a white woman have been pardoned after nearly 70 years by a vote from the florida clemency board on friday
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