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Minority Office — Press Release


January 11, 2019

CONTACT: Michelle DeMarco, 850.487.5833

Senate Democratic Leader Audrey Gibson Applauds Groveland Four Pardon

Senate Democratic Leader Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville) applauded the decision by Governor DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet to pardon the Groveland Four, and issued the following statement:

“A great injustice has finally been corrected. I applaud the action by Governor DeSantis, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and CFO Jimmy Patronis for righting this wrong that has stood for seven decades. I also want to commend Senator Gary Farmer, Representative and former Senator Geraldine Thompson, and Representative Bobby DuBose, whose persistent legislative actions were the impetus for the outcome today.

“It is my hope that this pardon brings some solace to the families of these four men, and helps heal the wounds that have lingered for far too long.”