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WILMINGTON, N.C. (CNN) — After 40 years of struggle, a group of people known as the Wilmington 10 have finally gotten their names cleared.

The nine black men and one white woman were convicted back in 1972 of the firebombing of a Wilmington, North Carolina, grocery store during days of race rioting.

On Saturday, the six surviving members of the group were formally given their Certificates of Pardon from the governor’s office.

The four members of the Wilmington 10 who’ve passed away were represented at the ceremony by family members.

Supporters claim the 10 were the victims of racially-motivated prosecutors. Their convictions were overturned in 1980.

But it wasn’t until this week that they were pardoned by outgoing Governor Beverly Purdue.

Credit: CNN.