Wilmington 10

Office of Gov. Bev Perdue

During a period of terrible racial tension in Wilmington in 1972, 10 civil rights activists -- one white woman and nine African-American men -- were sentenced to prison in connection with the fire-bombing of Mike’s Grocery, a white-owned store on 6th Street in downtown Wilmington. All 10 proclaimed their innocence.

North Carolina NAACP

The head of North Carolina’s NAACP says the handwritten notes of the prosecutor in the Wilmington 10 trial reveal even more proof of racial bias in the jury selection of the 1972 trial. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports Reverend William Barber reaffirmed his stance on pardoning The Wilmington 10 today during a press conference in Raleigh.

Forty years ago, 10 civil rights activists were falsely convicted of charges stemming from the firebombing of a white-owned grocery store in Wilmington. All were sentenced to a total of 282 years in prison, part of which they served until 1980, when their sentences were overturned. Last night, WHQR’s Asia Brown attended a rally to kickoff a national campaign to pardon those known as the Wilmington Ten.

Tonight the Wilmington Ten Pardons of Innocence Project holds a faith rally at St. Stephen’s AME Church in Wilmington. It’s the latest in a series of events to build local and national support to secure pardons of innocence for the Wilmington Ten.