Pardon of John Gordon sign now

John Gordon was the last man executed by the State of Rhode Island, on February 14th, 1845. His conviction and execution is believed by many to have been fueled by prejudice and anti-immigrant bias. John Gordon was a Irish Catholic immigrant, living among the English Puritans that controlled Rhode Island. The man murdered was a rich factory owner, of the upper class.

The judge presiding over the case actually instructed the jurors to give less weight to the testimony of any Irish person as compared to the upper class citizens of Rhode Island.

A bill has been proposed to pardon John Gordon, and as of March 24th, 2011 is awaiting a hearing date in front of the Judiciary Committee. The Friendly Son's Of St. Patrick - Pawtucket Chapter will attend said hearing to present a letter of support. The Friendly Son's will also present a petition of signatures from supporters in Rhode Island and elsewhere.

Updates on the progress can be followed on www.FriendlySonsPawtucket.info

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