Groveland after the pardoning of the Groveland Four
Groveland hopes to build a new identity in the wake of pardons granted posthumously to the Groveland Four.
The Florida Clemency Board, led by new Gov.
Ron DeSantis, wiped the legal stain from the names of Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd, Ernest Thomas and Charles Greenlee on Jan.
The men were accused — many say falsely — of raping a 17-year-old white farm girl.
The allegations triggered violence.
The men were grossly mistreated by the justice system, including notoriously racist Lake County Sheriff Willis McCall, who shot two of them, killing Samuel Shepherd.
The city, one of the fastest growing communities in Central Florida, now touts its diversity.
After the clemency board vote, Groveland reminded reporters the city passed a resolution in 2016 calling on the state to pardon the men and apologized for their cruel treatment at the hands of McCall.