2. Thomas and Meeks Griffin
Thomas and Meeks Griffin were wealthy black farmers from South Carolina. In 1913 they were implicated in the murder of a 75-year-old white man named John Lewis. They were both convicted after an accusation was made by another suspect, John Stevenson, who pointed the finger purely because he believed that the Griffin brothers would have enough money to pay for a decent legal defense team. While many prominent residents petitioned to the local governor, Richard Manning, both of them were executed via the electric chair in 1913. In 2009 they were both pardoned after their great-nephew, Tom Joyner, appealed the conviction.
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