Since 2018, the Conviction Integrity Unit at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office has investigated innocence claims and new evidence that has led to the exoneration of 28 individuals wrongfully convicted of crimes. Stephen talks with the director of the unit and two men who were freed after serving 32 years and 19 years in prison, respectively, on wrongful murder convictions. Plus, the legendary Tuskegee Airmen are marking their 80th anniversary this month and celebrating the opening of a new home for the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum. The World War II fighter squadron’s artifacts and exhibits will now be housed at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, thanks to support from the Ford Motor Company Fund. Stephen talks with the Ford Fund’s director of community development, the president of the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum, and a 99-year-old original member of the famed squadron also known as the Red Tails.
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