Exonerate Maurice Mays

Exonerate Maurice Mays

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August 1, 2022
Signatures: 277Next Goal: 500
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Started by Pop Tenn

In Knoxville Tennessee- August 1919, Mr. Maurice Mayes was maliciously & falsely accused of murdering a white woman. During the murder Mr. Mayes was not anywhere near the side of town where the murder had take place. He was charged, persecuted, & ultimately- in 1922 he was executed. During his false imprisonment, numerous women continued to be attacked and had come forward, but their testimonies were not allowed. Mr Mayes was s Black Business owner who - with the help of ten then Mayor- paid for and distributed Poll Tax receipts to poor black citizens who otherwise could not afford to vote. We believe the Murder of which Mr. Mayes was accused and his execution for it- were political moves to reduce and/or eliminate the black vote- as the then Governor had been threatened with loosing 20,000 white votes if he were to intervene or Pardon Mr. Mayes. This was an attack on freedom, democracy. This petition is an act of solidarity in support of Political prisoners everywhere! 

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Signatures: 277Next Goal: 500
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