RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Episode 48: The Groveland 4

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Title

RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Episode 48: The Groveland 4

Alternative Title

The Groveland 4 Podcast

Subject

Podcasts
Documentaries
Groveland Boys Trial, Groveland, Fla., 1949-1952
Groveland (Fla.)
Marshall, Thurgood, 1908-1993
Lake County (Fla.)

Description

Episode 48 of RICHES Podcast Documentaries: The Groveland 4. RICHES Podcast Documentaries are short form narrative documentaries that explore Central Florida history and are locally produced. These podcasts can involve the participation or cooperation of local area partners.

Episode 48 features an interview with Gilbert King, author of Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America. King's book analyzes the Groveland Four: Ernest Thomas, Charles Greenlee, Samuel Shepherd, and Walter Lee Irvin. Also known as the Groveland Boys, these four African-American men were falsely accused of raping Norma Padgett in Lake County, Florida, in 1949. Thomas was shot and killed by a mob, but the other three suspects were put on trial. Both Shepherd and Irvin were sentenced to death and Greenlee was sentenced to life in prison. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) special counsel Thurgood Marshall had the verdict overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in November 1951.

While transporting Shepherd and Irvin, Lake County Sheriff Willis Virgil McCall claimed that the prisoners attacked him and that he subsequently shot and killed Shepherd and shot Irvin. Irvin claimed that McCall falsified the escape attempt, but McCall was cleared of any wrongdoing. Irvin was again sentenced to death for the rape of Padgett. In 1955, the then newly-elected Governor of Florida LeRoy Collins commuted Irvin's sentence to life in prison. Irvin was paroled in 1968 and died in 1970.

Abstract

In this episode, we sat down with Gilbert King to interview him about his recent book Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America. His book about the Groveland 4 is some important local history.

Creator

Cassanello, Robert A.

Source

Original 18-minute and 50-second podcast by Robert A. Cassanello, February 14, 2013: "RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Episode 48: The Groveland 4." RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Orlando, Florida.

Date Created

ca. 2013-02-14

Date Copyrighted

2013-02-14

Date Issued

2013-02-14

Contributor

King, Gilbert

Is Part Of

RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Orlando, Florida.
RICHES Podcast Documentaries Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

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Multimedia software, such as QuickTime.

Format

audio/mp3

Extent

25.9 MB

Medium

18-minute and 50-second podcast

Language

eng

Type

Sound/Podcast

Coverage

Groveland, Florida

Accrual Method

Item Creation

Mediator

History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher
Geography Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by Robert A. Cassanello and published by RICHES of Central Florida.

Contributing Project

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

External Reference

"RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Episode 48: The Groveland 4." RICHES of Central Florida. https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka2/items/show/2501.
Corsair, Gary. The Groveland Four: The Sad Saga of a Legal Lynching. [Bloomington, IN]: 1st Books, 2003.

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1 audio podcast

Duration

18 minutes and 50 seconds

Bit Rate/Frequency

192kbps

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