October 15, 2009 5:11 PM Subscribe
Nearly 100 years had passed since nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner
's "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."
"Joyner, the host of The Tom Joyner Morning Show
, had known nothing of his great-uncles' murder convictions until last year. That's when esteemed Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. uncovered Joyner's past as part of the PBS documentary African American Lives 2.
(Yes, that Henry Louis Gates, Jr.