Wilmington 10 delivers more signatures of support to governor’s office

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Submitted: Thu, 12/27/2012 - 5:46pm
Updated: Thu, 12/27/2012 - 11:54pm

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY/WTVD) — Members of the Wilmington 10 made a special delivery this morning to Gov. Bev Perdue’s office.

The group, including Benjamin Chavis and three other members, along with their supporters delivered 130,000 petition signatures to the state capitol today. The delegation is hoping Gov. Perdue will grant pardons of innocence to the Wilmington 10 in her final days in office.

The Wilmington 10 were convicted of conspiracy more than 40 years ago. Their convictions were later overturned.

“We come here right after Advent and Christmas and entering the season of Epiphany believing that North Carolina can turn this tragic history into a triumphant time of redemption and repentance,” NC NAACP President William Barber said.

Gov. Perdue has not indicated which way she is leaning.

Organizers of today’s event said it would be the Wilmington 10’s “closing argument” in making their case for pardons.

Many people in Wilmington believe despite the overturning of their convictions, the group was guilty of the crimes, including the fire bombing of Mike’s Grocery on S. 6th Street, that led to a year of racial tensions in the Port City in 1971.


  • tweety11 says:

    never said it was right in either case.

  • kzpony says:

    I also grew up here and remember the fear that these people reigned down on the city of Wilmington. It isn’t about pardon. It isn’t about forgiveness. It’s about money. If Perdue gives into this madness, then she can look in the mirror all she wants, but she left NC with the worst decision of her time in office.

  • Unbelievable says:

    This is absolutely unbelievable. I have lived in Wilmington all of my life. I remember the havoc they caused in this town. It was a terrible time. Violence, shootings, curfews and fear among our citizens. To be pardoned is a joke. In my opinion, they should be locked up for the rest of their lives. Cold blooded criminals. I am sure our SORRY Governor will probably grant their pardon just as she walks out the door. What an embarrassment for our State. I guess the lesson that will be learned here is that all thug criminals will ask for a pardon and then the state will write them a big fat check.

  • tweety11 says:

    Now you know how it felt with the klan having free reign in the South.No they didn’t ask for pardons.They just went to court set free and had lunch with the judge and the very people who let them go.

  • Guest2020 says:

    By your logic, since one group of people got by with heinous acts, then another group of people is justified in their heinous acts.

  • 1taxpayer says:

    After the pardon comes the demand for thousands of dollars of “compensation” Easy to see through this one.

  • Guestaphonic says:


    Toy mean millions, don’t you?

    Millions, not thousands for compensation.

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  • MyVoice says:

    They were clearly proven ‘guilty’, when the facts were presented in a court of law. Because of political pressure, they managed to get it overturned. They’re lucky they didn’t spend 25 years in prison, like they should have done.

    In 40 years from now, don’t be suprised to see the four killers of that young boy, in the Downtown Area, demanding restuition also.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    the Petitioners were “demanding” the pardon.

    She’s never responded in a positive manner to any other segment of the state’s populace, other than education, when a demand has been made.

    Let’s see how she responds to this demand. With her track record, who knows.

    But, if she refuses to issue the pardon, that should send a good clear message.

  • Guest0101 says:

    So sick of hearing about this. Will they please just go away and take “Rev.” Barber with them

  • Old Wilmington says:

    His father is gone, but Allen Cobb Jr. is here. He has not spoken about his experience as a young student growing up in the house of the man making all the decisions at that time. He earns what– a hundred fifty thousand tax salary as a Judge? Invite him to come forward and tell his view of the events that caused these imprisonment sentences.

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