Occurring six years before the murder of 14-year-old Emmet Till in Mississippi, the four men were accused of kidnapping and raping a young white woman at gunpoint when she was driving home from a dance with her husband. Collectively known as the Groveland Four, the men ranged in age from 16 to 26. 

Florida House leaders on Tuesday passed an historic measure to exonerate four Black men "who were wrongly accused of rape in 1949 then tortured, murdered or unjustly imprisoned after one of the ugliest racist episodes in state history."