A century later, justice for the family of Tom Joyner.

If you don’t know who Tom Joyner is, take a listen to his wildly popular, nationally syndicated radio show. I’ve been listening to him since the early 90s.

His two great uncles were wrongfully executed for the 1913 murder of a Confederate soldier and given the electric chair. Seems they had the wrong guys. This past week, the state of South Carolina officially pardoned the two wrongfully executed men, giving Joyner’s family the peace they so richly deserved.

Interestingly enough, Joyner did not know of the wrongful death until Skip Gates (White House beer and “teaching moment”) told him of the story.



  1. Thank you for such a fine story. Nice to see someone remembers why Dr. Gates is such an invaluable member of this society, and why Justice is the standard by which we all must measure the quality of our lives.

  2. Absolutely! Dr. Gates is an amazing human being that I have had the pleasure of meeting. I am glad that the Joyner family has some measure of peace now. This story did not get nearly enough media coverage.

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