On the 70th anniversary of the executions of the Martinsville 7, please join us to learn more about their case, hear from family members, and take action to urge Governor Northam to grant a posthumous pardon.
The week of action is cosponsored by Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, the Martinsville Seven Initiative Inc., and the Martinsville 7 Project.
The Martinsville 7 Project
The Martinsville 7 Project seeks to highlight the case of the Martinsville 7. The seven are Francis DeSales Grayson, Frank Hairston Jr., Howard Hairston, James Luther Hairston, Joe Henry Hampton, Booker T. Millner, and John Clabon Taylor. The goals of the project are to:
The project is supported by:
Pamela Hairston Chisholm, justice advocate keeping the memory of the Martinsville 7 case alive
Nick Matuszewski, President of William & Mary's Criminal Law Society
Hannah Merrill, 2L at William & Mary Law School
Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
Liz Ryan, advocate for juvenile & adult criminal justice reform
The Martinsville Seven Initiative, Inc.
The Martinsville Seven Initiative Inc. is a Martinsville, Virginia based organization dedicated to challenging injustices for people of color in Henry County, to calling attention to systemic racism, and to seeking closure for the Martinsville 7 including an exhibit to memorialize the memory of the Martinsville 7.