05/12/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Anti-Slavery Pardons: Kentucky Activists Seek Redemption For 'Criminals' Who Helped Free Slaves

In the 19th century, Kentucky convicted at least 58 people for "seducing or enticing slaves to leave their lawful owners." Defendants faced 20 years in the Kentucky State Penitentiary, where some died. One, David C. McDonald, was forgotten and languished in prison until 1870, five years after slavery was abolished.

Now, several men are working to clear the names of those -- men and women, black and white -- whose "crimes" today would be recognized as among mankind's finest acts.

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