Willie Earl Vereen speaking after his parole from prison, in Wilmington. From left to right: Reverand Leon White, James McKoy, and Willie Earl Vereen.
Willie Earl Vereen (1953- ) and James McKoy (1952- ) were both members of the Wilmington Ten. In 1971 9 men and 1 woman were convicted of arson and conspiracy in the racial unrest that followed the de-segregation of schools in New Hanover County. They spent nearly a decade in jail. The case garnered international attention with many critics saying that the activists were really polictical prisoners. Amnesty International provided legal council that helped overturn the convitions in 1980. In December of 2012, North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue granted them a complete pardon.
1978 July 25
Wilmington (N.C.); School integration; Race Riots
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