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Shining Light on Wrongful Convictions w/ Exoneree Anthony Ray Hinton
Join Montgomery Bell Academy and the Tennessee Innocence Project present an evening with wrongfully convicted exoneree and author Anthony Ray Hinton. at the Burkholder Wellness Center at Montgomery Bell Academy.
The event will include a 45-minute presentation in which Anthony Ray Hinton will share his decades-long journey to exoneration and freedom, followed by a 15-minute question and answer session.
- General admission to the presentation is open and free to the public.
- As a ‘Friends of Freedom’ ticket holder or sponsor, you will receive reserved priority seating for the presentation and a copy of Mr. Hinton’s memoir, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row. You will then join Mr. Hinton for a book signing and cocktail reception following the event.
Meet the speaker: Anthony Ray Hinton survived for 30 years on Alabama’s death row. His story is a decades-long journey to exoneration and freedom. In 1985, Mr. Hinton was convicted of the unsolved murders of two fast-food restaurant managers based on the testimony of ballistics experts for the State who claimed that the crime bullets came from a dusty revolver found in Mr. Hinton’s mother’s closet. Without the benefit of a competent expert to challenge the State’s theory (Mr. Hinton’s lawyer hired a ballistics expert who was blind in one eye), an all-white jury convicted Mr. Hinton and he was sentenced to death. After years of petitioning to have the revolver re-analyzed, three independent experts concluded that the bullets could not have been fired from his mother’s revolver. With the assistance of the Equal Justice Initiative, led by attorney Bryan Stevenson, Mr. Hinton was freed in 2015. Since his release, Mr. Hinton has traveled the world sharing his story and discussing the changes that need to be made to prevent similar injustices from happening to other people. In 2018, Mr. Hinton published The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, which was selected for Oprah’s Book Club and is a New York Times bestseller. In 2019, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Bonaventure University.
Parking is available in the parking garage on the East side of Campus at 205 South Wilson Boulevard, in any of the surface lots on campus, or in the Vine Street Christian church parking lot across Montgomery Bell Avenue.
This event will take place in the new Burkholder Wellness Center. Please enter through the main rotunda entrance, go through the double doors on the left to enter the Event Center.
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Following the presentation, 'Friends of Freedom' ticket holders or sponsors, are invited to join Mr. Hinton for a book signing and cocktail reception following the event from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.