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Forty Years Later, the ‘Tarboro Three’ Giving Thanks for Life After Death Row


Jesse Walston, Vernon Brown and Bobby Hines

( – They were sentenced to die in 1973 for a rape they didn’t commit, but found freedom after the Southern Poverty Law Center and its co-founder, Morris Dees, took on the racially charged North Carolina case.

Jesse Walston sounds like many men in their 60s when he speaks.

He talks about life in semi-retirement. He talks about spending time with family and friends. When he speaks about his grandchildren, his voice swells with pride. And when he reflects on life, he speaks with the authority that comes only from life experience.

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