- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - A new historic marker in Wilmington commemorates 10 people wrongly convicted of charges following a 1971 civil rights protest.

Media outlets report the highway marker in honor of the Wilmington 10 was unveiled Thursday near the Gregory Congregational United Church of Christ.

The church was the focal point of protests following the closing of black Williston High School. During those protests two people were killed, six injured and a grocery store was firebombed.

The Wilmington 10 - eight black school students, a black minister and a white woman - were later convicted of arson and conspiracy.

A federal appeals court in 1980 overturned the convictions after ruling witnesses had lied. Four years ago then-North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue pardoned the Wilmington 10.

Two of those charged attended Thursday’s marker unveiling.

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