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Posthumous Pardons for Wrongful Execution of Soldiers in 1917

On December 11, 1917, 13 soldiers were hanged one after the other after one of the largest murder trials in U.S. history. The story behind these deaths began a few months before, when, on August 23, 1917, white Houston police officers burst into the home of a black woman. The officers assaulted her and pulled her into the street, wearing only her nightgown, as her children watched. A black solder, Alonso Edwards of the 24thInfantry Regiment, tried to rescue the woman when a white police officer pistol-whipped and arrested him.

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