RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Supporters and surviving members of the Wilmington 10 have made another trip to Raleigh to give North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue more names of people who want her to officially pardon the group.
Benjamin Chavis and three other living Wilmington 10 members on Thursday morning led more than 40 people who presented 130,000 petition names to a Perdue staffer outside her office. Pardon backers gave 14,000 names earlier.
Nine black men and one white woman were convicted in 1972 of firebombing a Wilmington grocery store after police officers shot a black teenager. Then-Gov. Jim Hunt commuted their lengthy sentences in 1978, but stopped short of issuing pardons.
Perdue said Thursday she hopes to decide on the pardons by next week. Gov.-elect Pat McCrory is scheduled to take office Jan. 5.