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Tom Joyner Wins Uncles Posthumous Pardons

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went before the South Carolina Parole and Pardon Board at 8:30 a.m. ET today to seek a posthumous pardon for his great-uncles, Thomas and Meeks Griffin, who were executed in 1915 for a crime they didn’t commit.

His request was granted. Joyner, his brother and two sons, were joined by Harvard scholar Henry Louis “Skip” Gates and his legal team in presenting their case. The host of “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” called in to the program to inform co-hosts Sybil Wilkes and J. Anthony Brown, along with his listening audience, who’d been texting their well-wishes all morning.

Joyner had been on a quest to clear his uncles’ names after learning of their story when Gates announced the results of genealogy research conducted on Joyner’s family as part of Gates’ PBS special, “African American Lives II.”

Joyner, with help from Gates and South Carolina attorney Stephen K. Benjamin, put together the case petitioning the state to exonerate his uncles.

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