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Florida Commissioners Back Memorial For Groveland Four

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STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA VIA AP
(From left) Lake County, Fla., Sheriff Willis McCall and an unidentified man stand next to Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Charles Greenlee. The three were accused of rape in 1949, along with a fourth man. They were pardoned by Gov. DeSantis.

Commissioners in a Florida county are backing a plan to build a memorial to four young black men accused of raping a white woman in a 1949 case now seen as a miscarriage of justice.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Lake County commissioners on Tuesday backed a plan to install a marker in front of a historic courthouse.

The case of the men known as the Groveland Four is considered a blight on Florida's history. One of the four was killed before he could be charged.

One of the remaining men was fatally shot by the local sheriff and another was shot and wounded by the sheriff and a deputy. A third man was wrongly imprisoned.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state's Cabinet recently granted posthumous pardons to the men.