625 Montgomery Avenue
Bryn Mawr PA.
“What would you do if they arrested you for a crime you didn’t commit? If you passed a polygraph but no one believed you . . . .”
On Monday, April 1 at 7:00 pm, the Community Forum Distinguished Speaker Committee will host Anthony Ray Hinton, who will focus on these issues. A man wrongly convicted of the 1985 murders of two fast food restaurant managers in Birmingham, Hinton was sentenced to death and held on Alabama’s death row nearly 30 years.
One murder had taken place when he had an alibi: working the night shift at a local warehouse. Yet the state had won a death sentence, based on two bullets it falsely claimed matched a gun found at his mother’s home. In an Equal Justice Initiative appeal in 2015, the prosecution was unable to affirm the forensic evidence of a gun, which had been the only evidence in the first trial. Eventually, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously overturned Hinton’s conviction on appeal, and the state dropped all charges against him.
In his powerful new memoir, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, Hinton describes how racism and a system stacked against the poor were the driving forces behind his conviction. He also writes about the unique and unexpected bonds that can form on death row, and in particular about his relationship with Henry Hays, a former Klansman sentenced to death for a notorious lynching.
The Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Community Forum Distinguished Speaker Series began 1997. The forums are made possible by the Anna and Herbert H. Middleton, Sr. Fund of the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Foundation and are offered as a service to the community at large. Committee members include Chair Nancy Ameen, Richard Allman, Elinor Ball, Elinor Ball, Anna May Charrington, Peter Craig, Louisa Mygatt, the Rev. Dr. Agnes Norfleet, Sheila Rorer and Monica Devane.
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church is located at 625 Montgomery Avenue, Bryn Mawr. Reservations are not necessary for this free event. For more information, visit www.bmpc.orgor call 610-525-2821.