On August 31, 2021, Governor family members of the Martinsville Seven. Watch the meeting where he granted the pardons and read the press coverage here.
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:
Families of the Martinsville 7
Martinsville 7 Initiative, Inc.
William & Mary's Criminal Law Society
Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
The Restorative Justice Collective
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.