More than 3,000 people gathered in Woodruff Park Friday evening to protest the execution of death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis, including many southwest Atlanta residents.
Davis is scheduled to die by lethal injection Sept. 21 for the 1989 shooting death of Savannah Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail unless the state Board of Pardons and Paroles grants him clemancy today, according to an AJC.com report today.
Cherise, Ami, Alsur-Razaq, and Amaru, all students at Atlanta Preparatory Academy on Martin Luther King Dr., were in the crowd, accompanied by their chaperone, Samantha Watkins.
The students drew attention with their homemade signs proclaiming, "I am Troy Davis" as they marched from Woodruff Park to Ebeneezer Baptist Church on Auburn Avenue. Like the other demonstrators, they are hopeful that they can convince the state's pardons' board today to spare Davis' life.
According to Watkins, the kids told their teachers before they left school for the weekend that they planned to attend the rally in support of Davis. Many of the marchers took notice of the youthful protesters and stopped to take photos of them.
Cascade Patch was on the scene to capture the young demonstrators and their chaperone in pictures.