Troy Davis supporters to rally for clemency

Published: Sep. 16, 2011 at 8:40 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2011 at 9:07 AM EDT
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Nearly 100 Savannah residents will be gathering Friday in Savannah before heading to Atlanta in support of Troy Davis.

They'll meet at noon Jackson Square on Bay Street and board a bus. They have a petition with more than 10,000 signatures calling from Davis's clemency, according to the group Savannah for Clemency for Troy Davis. In Atlanta, they will rally and march, in support of clemency for Davis. A clemency hearing is scheduled for Sept. 19.

The march begins at 6 p.m. at Woodruff Park at Peachtree Street and Edgewood Avenue in Atlanta and continues to New Ebenezer Baptist Church at 407 Auburn Ave. in Atlanta.

The march will be led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, AIUSA Executive Director Larry Cox, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous and Antone De'Jaun Correia, nephew of Davis.

The prayer service starts at 7 p.m. It will include an invocation from the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock. Speakers at the service include: death row exonerees, State Senator Vincent Fort, musical group Indigo Girls, sister of Troy Davis Kimberly Davis, and Ambassador Andrew Young, Cox, Jealous and Sharpton.

On Thursday, advocacy groups including Amnesty International, delivered hundreds of petitions urging the state pardons board to grant Davis clemency. The petitions were signed by more than 660,000 on Thursday in support of Davis.

On Saturday, a Unity Prayer Service is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the St. Phillips Monumental AME Church, 1112 Jefferson St. in Savannah.

On Monday, a prayer circle is set to take place during the clemency hearing, which begins at 9 a.m., at 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. in Atlanta.

Also on Monday, a vigil is scheduled for noon at the Savannah courthouse at 133 Montgomery St. in Savannah.

Davis is scheduled to be executed on Sept. 21 for the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.

Copyright 2011 WTOC. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.