July 15, 1972 - The Charlotte Three are convicted of firebombing.
|Three Charlotteans, including T. J. Reddy,
are convicted of setting fire to a barn that kills fifteen horses at the
Lazy B. Stables. The three black men deny involvement. The controversial
trial and lengthy prison terms draw international attention. Amnesty International
condemns the trial and harsh sentences. The case becomes known as "The
Reddy is sentenced to 25 years in prison. His attorney, James Ferguson, will appeal to the federal court in 1974, claiming the men did not receive a fair trial because two key prosecution witnesses were promised money. After three and a half years in Camp Greene Prison, T.J. Reddy will be released. T. J. Reddy is now a Charlotte artist and poet.
|Reddy (with suitcase) leaves the courthouse with fellow defendant Charles Parker.|
| Reddy walks out of Camp Greene Prison after
three and a half years.