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Aftermath of The Groveland Four – Justice Denied, 67 Years Later

By Zenitha Prince


Three of the four ‘Groveland Four’ around 1949. PHOTO:

Three of the four ‘Groveland Four’ around 1949. PHOTO:

( – A White woman crying rape. That was all it took for four African-American young men, Samuel Shepherd, Walter Irvin, Ernest Thomas and Charles Greenlee to be shanghaied into a legal lynching that changed their lives—and those of their loved ones—forever. The accusation, and what came after during that summer of 1949, turned the citrus town of Groveland, Fla., into center stage, where familiar actors such as the Ku Klux Klan, NAACP and civil rights icon Thurgood Marshall starred in a macabre theater of Jim Crow (in)justice. This is the story of the Groveland Four.

As a child growing up in Florida, Carolyn Greenlee felt there was a black mark against her last name.

“Growing up, I was ashamed because I didn’t want anyone to know my father was in prison and accused of rape…. I never really talked about my father,” she told the AFRO.

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